A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Results (Part 3)

A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Results (Part 3)Psychosocial Comparison of the CF and the Healthy Group
None of the four psychosocial index scores differed significantly between the two groups (Table 5). When scores for the component questions of the indices were compared, significant differences between the two groups emerged for only two questions: CF subjects reported their families significantly more accepting of the subjects’ “wishes to take on new activities and make changes” in their life-style, and members of the comparison group reported themselves to be significantly more satisfied with their sexual activities.
When the question concerning sexual satisfaction was analyzed by marital status, there were no significant differences between married persons in the CF group and those in the comparison group (p = .90), the mean for both married groups indicating a greater than general satisfaction with their sex lives. Unmarried adults with CF, 38 percent of whom described themselves as frustrated or very frustrated with their sexual activities, were less satisfied (p=.004) with their sex lives than their healthy unmarried counterparts, only 17 percent of whom expressed corresponding levels of sexual dissatisfaction. buy asthma inhaler
Because of the difference in gender composition between the CF and the healthy group, the comparisons reported in Tables 3 through 5 were repeated with male subjects only and with female subjects only. In almost all instances these within-sex comparisons produced results similar to those obtained when the sexes were combined and in those few cases where the results were dissimilar there was no evidence of men with CF behaving consistently differently from women with CF vis-a-vis same-sex healthy comparison subjects (data not shown).

Table 5—Comparison of Psychosocial Variables in the CF Adult Group and the Healthy Comparison Group

Mean Scale Scores

Index

Individual Question Content

CF Adult Group

Healthy

Comparison

Group

p value

Emotional social support

20.7

19.4

.223

Satisfaction with help received from family in times of trouble

4.3

4.0

.308

Satisfaction with intrafamily problem-solving and communications

4.0

3.8

.488

Satisfaction with family’s acceptance of change in subject’s life-style

4.5

4.0

.034

Satisfaction with family’s responses to subject’s emotions

3.9

3.9

.851

Satisfaction with amount of time spent with family and friends

3.9

3.8

.654

Social network density

21.4

21.2

.771

Frequency of visits with friends and family

4.4

4.3

.815

Frequency of recreational outings with friends and family

4.2

4.2

.915

Frequency of telephone contacts with friends and family

5.2

5.1

.584

Number of close friends (scale scores)

3.8

3.6

.382

Frequency of church attendance

2.1

1.9

.593

Number of voluntary groups and organizations belonged to (scale scores)

1.7

2.0

.088

Current life satisfaction

10.3

11.2

.090

Frequency of feeling lonely

2.2

2.3

.648

Satisfaction with sexual activities

3.1

3.8

.018

Satisfaction with course of life recently

3.4

3.7

.127

Self-esteem

10.2

10.5

.695

Perceptions of degree talents and training are used in current activities

3.8

3.6

.552

Satisfaction with degree talents and training are used in current activities

3.5

3.5

.998

Perceptions of degree current activities contribute to society

3.2

3.5

.261

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