Title

Family Resilience and the Management of Fibromyalgia: Implications for Family Therapists

Keywords

fibromyalgia, family resilience, family therapy, medical internet research

Abstract

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is one of the most troubling rheumatic disorders for patients, significant others, and the health care providers who treat them. Responses from 150 participants provided valuable information on the relationship between family resilience and the management of fibromyalgia. Self reported family stressors, strains, and distress were significantly associated with an increase in health problems/functional disability, whereas family hardiness and family social support were associated with a decrease. Family stressors and family strains were also positively associated with the frequency of medication use. Medical family therapy interventions that consider the familial context are recommended for treatment. Additional implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Preece, J.C., and Sandberg, J.G. (2005). Family Resilience and the management of fibromyalgia: Implications for Family Therapists. Contemporary Family Therapy, 27(4), 559-576.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2005-12

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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