Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship Between Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use, Psychological Well-Being, Locus Of Control, Spiritual Well-Being, and Social Support Among Persons with Fibromyalgia
by Fava, Brianna L., Ph.D., Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay, 2011, 170; 3467176
Abstract (Summary)

The present studied explored the relationship between Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use, psychological well-being, multidimensional health locus of control, spiritual well-being, and social support. Participants are 408 adult individuals, living with Fibromyalgia and who access CAM. These participants were recruited online. It was hypothesized that people who access higher levels of CAM are more likely to report higher levels of psychological well-being—more specifically, there will be a relationship between CAM use scores on Personal Growth, Self Acceptance, and Autonomy dimensions psychological well-being. It was also hypothesized that multidimensional health locus of control, spiritual well-being, and social support will moderate the relationship between CAM use and psychological well-being. Results revealed that there was a significant predictive relationship between CAM use and the three identified dimensions of psychological well-being; however, group differences were not found (CAM users vs. non-CAM users). Spiritual well-being significantly impacted the relationship between CAM use and psychological well-being, along with support and depth dimensions of social support. Although internal health locus of control did not moderate the relationship between CAM use and psychological well-being, a trend was seen as the regression was approaching significance.

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School: Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Alternative Medicine, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine, Locus of control, Social support, Spiritual well-being, Well-being
Publication Number: 3467176
ISBN: 9781124783215
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