Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A support group for adults with rheumatoid arthritis
by Reyes, Jennifer Marie, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 62; 1486363
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to identify a funding source, design a program, and write a grant to develop a support group for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The goal of the support group, which focused on the mental and physical well-being of individuals with RA, was to help them achieve a more productive and healthy life. An extensive literature review revealed the psychosocial needs of the target population and provided information on evidence-based practices that are best suited to assist this population. A support group design was developed focusing on: increasing positive coping skills; increasing the knowledge base of RA; increasing self-esteem, interpersonal exchange, empowerment, and self-expression; and increasing support systems. The Arthritis Foundation was the most suitable funder for this grant proposal. Implications for social work practice were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian Trung
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1486363
ISBN: 978-1-124-25958-1
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