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The role of spousal relationships in fibromyalgia patients’ quality of life, 2018, Huang et al

Discussion in 'Other psychosomatic news and research' started by Andy, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
    Paywalled at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13548506.2018.1444183?journalCode=cphm20
  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    First we had it claimed that negative relationships prompt functional symptoms as patients manifest their repressed pain physically.

    Then it was claimed that 'positive' relationships prompt functional symptoms as caring attention enabled a dysfunctional adoption of the sick role.

    Now it seems that relationships don't have much (any?) affect on symptoms or prompt 'negative' coping styles, but nice relationships are still nice.

    Anyone know these researchers, and what their prior views may have been?
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2018
  3. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

    I can't get my head around this. Is it worth it?

    They seem to have discovered the amazing fact (sarcasm) that people in happy relationships cope better mentally.

    And that neither relationship nor coping style impact physical symptoms.

    And yet they conclude that it's a good idea for therapists treating pain to stick their noses into a patient's relationships.

    Huh? Did I read that right?

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