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Style of Coping and its Determinants in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease in a Developing Country
Mittuniversitetet, Avdelningen för hälsovetenskap.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. Mittuniversitetet; Karolinska Institutet.
Mittuniversitetet, Avdelningen för psykologi.
Department of Nursing, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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2014 (English)In: Congenital Heart Disease, ISSN 1747-079X, E-ISSN 1747-0803, Vol. 9, no 4, 349-360 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective The objective of this study is to compare coping strategies between adults with and without congenital heart disease and to scrutinize the associations between different available resources (e.g., social support) and adoption of certain coping strategies.

DesignThe study has a cross-sectional case-control design.

SettingThe study was conducted in two university-affilliated heart hospitals in Tehran, Iran.

Patients The participants comprised 347 persons (18–64 years) with and 353 individuals without congenital heart disease, matched by gender and age.

Outcome Measures Coping strategies, assessed with the Utrecht Coping List-short form, were compared between both groups. Block-wise multiple regression analyses were conducted to scrutinize the associations between different independent variables (e.g., demographic/socioeconomic statuses) and adoption of certain styles of coping (dependent variables) among all participants and separately for each group.

Results The styles of coping in the patients were comparable with those of the control group. Multivariate analyses revealed that congenital heart disease per se was not associated with style of coping except for palliative reaction pattern. The active problem-solving coping style was associated with never married marital status, parenthood, unemployment, higher level of anxiety/somatic symptoms, lower level of depressive symptoms, and better social support. The avoidance behavior style was associated with having a low income, whereas the expression of emotion style was associated with higher anxiety symptoms, experience of financial strain, and income. None of the adopted coping strategies was related to the heart disease variables.

Conclusions The adults with congenital heart disease coped as well as adults without congenital heart disease. Marital status, parenthood, annual income, financial strain, psychological adjustment, and perceived social support were important explanatory factors in adopting a certain style of coping among adults with congenital heart disease. However, longitudinal studies with repeated measures are warranted.

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2014. Vol. 9, no 4, 349-360 p.
Keyword [en]
Adaptation, Grown-up Congenital Heart Disease, Heart Defect, Mental Health, Psychosocial, Social Support
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16040DOI: 10.1111/chd.12150ISI: 000340525400020PubMedID: 25247217Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905590490OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-16040DiVA: diva2:688770
Available from: 2013-10-12 Created: 2014-01-17 Last updated: 2014-12-10Bibliographically approved

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