Dr. Joyce M. Laborde is associate professor in the College of Nursing, University of North Dakota. Grand Forks, ND.
Life satisfaction, health control orientation, and illness-related factors in persons with osteoarthritis
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 183–190, June 1985
How to Cite
Laborde, J. M. and Powers, M. J. (1985), Life satisfaction, health control orientation, and illness-related factors in persons with osteoarthritis. Res. Nurs. Health, 8: 183–190. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770080212
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 1 MAY 1984
- Manuscript Received: 28 JUL 1983
- Scientific Research Society
The purpose of this study was to assess life satisfaction in osteoarthritics and to explore relationships between that variable and health perception, health locus of control, and illness-related factors. The study group consisted of 160 osteoarthritics from four different types of settings. The osteoarthritics rated their present life satisfaction and recent health as relatively good and were externally controlled in terms of their health beliefs. Present life satisfaction was related to better health perception, internal locus of control, and less joint pain.