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The purpose of this retrospective pilot study was to examine the relationships between perceptions of social support and wives' expressed ability to cope with events associated with their husbands' initial myocardial infarctions. Data were collected through an investigator-designed questionnaire. The study revealed that satisfaction with help received from health personnel since the husband's discharge was related to expressed ability to handle long-term implications at present and six months hence. Satisfaction with lay help was related to expressed ability to handle long-term implications at the present time, and perceived helpfulness of family during the husbands' hospitalization and at present was related to expressed feelings of ability to handle money. Satisfaction with help received from health personnel during the husband's hospitalization was inversely related to feeling “downhearted and blue” and “nervous.”