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Living with Chronic Disease: The Importance of Cognitive Appraisal

  • Dennis Turk
  • Thomas Rudy

Abstract

The plight of the chronically ill patient covers a wide array of potential life interruptions and psychological changes as well as illness-related factors such as permanent changes in physical functioning and in physical appearance. Patients with various chronic illnesses may face separation from families, friends, and other sources of gratification, the loss of social and vocational roles, disruption of plans for the future, assaults on self-image and self-esteem, uncertain and unpredictable futures, and distressing emotional reactions (Turk, 1979). Moreover, by nature of the disease, chronic illnesses unlike acute diseases have an extended time course of months or years with repeated demands recurring throughout the adjustment process.

Keywords

Social Support Chronic Illness Coping Style Depressive Symptomatology Chronic Pain Patient 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Turk
    • 1
  • Thomas Rudy
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and AnesthesiologyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicineUSA

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