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Pain, social support and depressive symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: testing the stress-buffering hypothesis

Brandstetter, Susanne ; Riedelbeck, Gertraud ; Steinmann, Mark ; Ehrenstein, Boris ; Loss, Julika ; Apfelbacher, Christian


This study investigated as to how social support influences health among people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We refer to the stress-buffering hypothesis of social support which suggests that the negative consequences of stressors on health outcomes can be buffered by social support. In this study, pain represents a stressor and depressive symptoms represent negative health outcomes. It was ...


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