An examination of the physical health, health care use, and psychological well-being of spouses of people with fibromyalgia syndrome

Silvia M. Bigatti, Terry A. Cronan

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The present study compared the physical and mental health and the health care use of spouses of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FS group; n = 135) with that of spouses of healthy individuals (n = 153). FS group participants reported lower health and affective states and scored higher on depression, loneliness, and subjective stress than comparison group participants (p < .017). Husbands in the FS group who reported more illness impact and whose wives reported worse sleep quality and less self-efficacy had more psychological difficulties. No differences were found in health care costs between groups. These findings suggest that chronic illness in a partner may negatively affect an individual's physical and mental health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-166
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002



  • Chronic illness
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome
  • Health care costs
  • Noncaregiving spouses
  • Physical health
  • Psychological well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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