REFERENCE: Shepherd, S. L., Hovell. M.F., Harwood, I., R., Granger, L. E., Hofstetter, C. R., Molgaard, C., Kaplan, R. M. (1990). A comparative study of the psychosocial assets of adults with cystic fibrosis and their healthy peers. Chest, 97, 1310-1316.
Psychosocial assets of 37 adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) and 46 of their healthy peers were assessed by mailed questionnaire. Major sociodemographic variables did not differ significantly between the two groups, nor did indices of emotional social support, social network density, self-esteem, or current life satisfaction. This study revealed adults with CF to function on a par with their healthy peers in nearly all respects, a finding at odds with those from uncontrolled studies and which suggests to us that many previous conclusions about the psychosocial health of adults with CF have been unwarranted. Future psychosocial studies involving patients with CF should include control groups and inferences about the effect of these patients' physical illness on their psychosocial health should not be made in the absence of normative data.