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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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COELHO, Manuela  and  RIBEIRO, J.. Influence of social support and coping in to perception of well-being in women submitted to heart surgery . Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2000, vol.1, n.1, pp.79-87. ISSN 1645-0086.

The aims of this study is to verify the impact of social support and coping strategies on subjective perception of well-being in a sequential sample of35 females (ages between 41-77 years), submitted to heart surgery for valvular substitution. The participants completed the questionnaires 48-96 hours post surgery. Instruments used include the Satisfaction With Social Support (with four dimensions: satisfaction with friendship, satisfaction with family, intimacy, social activities), Coping With Health Problems (with four coping dimensions: palliative, distractive, instrumental, emotional preoccupation), and subjective well being evaluated with an analogue visual scale. Results shows that two coping dimensions (instrumental and distractive) have a statistically significant positive correlation (p<.0001) with subjective well being, and another coping dimension, emotional preoccupation exhibit a statistically significant negative correlation (p<.0001) with subjective well being. Social support dimensions (satisfaction with family, satisfaction with friendship, and intimacy) shows a statistically significant positive correlation with subjective well being.

Keywords : Social support; Coping with health problems; Well-being; Heart surgery.

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