Perceived family support as a moderator psychological well-being in end-stage renal disease
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with an increased incidence of psychological distress. The present research examined the salutary effects of a supportive family environment on the psychological well-being of ESRD patients receiving renal transplants. Patients (N=57) completed a measure of perceived family support and an assessment of the physical impact of their illness. Psychological well-being was assessed utilizing two measures of depression and two measures of anxiety. One group of patients was classified as experiencing high illness-related physical dysfunction. In this group, patients perceiving a less supportive family environment displayed significantly higher levels of psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety than patients with a more supportive family environment. A second group of patients was classified as experiencing low illness-related physical dysfunction. In this group, the perceived level of family support was not significantly related to their relatively lower reported levels of depression and anxiety.
Alan J. Christensen, Charles W. Turner, James R. Slaughter, and John M. Holman Jr.. "Perceived family support as a moderator psychological well-being in end-stage renal disease" Journal of Behavioral Medicine 12.3 (1989): 249-265.
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