Coping and social support resources among Latinas with arthritis

Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Carolina Guier, Tracey A. Revenson

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Objective. To examine the coping strategies and social support resources of Latinas (Hispanic women) with arthritis. Methods. A sample of 109 Latinas of low socioeconomic status with arthritis were interviewed. Most interviews were conducted in Spanish. In open-ended responses, participants described how they cope with their illness. Respondents also named the two individuals who help them most when they do nor feel well because of their illness. Results. Engaging in activities was the most commonly reported coping strategy followed by the use of religion or prayer. Respondents relied more on family members (especially daughters) than friends for support. Conclusions. Coping responses to arthritis may reflect culture-based notions of 'coping,' as well as culturally valued norms, such as familism. The extent to which findings illustrate cultural, gender, or socioeconomic status factors requires further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-508
Number of pages8
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1996


  • Coping
  • Latinas
  • Religion
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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