Author: Rabiya Sharif
Supervisor: Mr. Faiz Younas
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research was conducted to find out association between illness perception and psychological distress in hypertensive patients. It was hypothesized that there will be a positive relationship and significant gender difference between illness perception and psychological distress in hypertensive patients. Through Correlational research design, a sample of (N = 100), including (n = 50 men) (n = 50 women) patients of hypertension, were recruited from two hospitals of Lahore while using purposive random sampling. Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Broadbent et al., 2006) and Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (Kessler et al., 2002) was used to measure the variables. Correlational and Independent sample t-test were applied to generate the results which showed a significant positive relationship between illness perception and psychological distress in hypertensive patients. Also, results indicated that there were significant gender differences in illness perception while no gender differences were found psychological distress in hypertensive patients. Thus it was concluded that gender differences present in illness perception but no gender differences present in psychological distress. Implications of present research are in hospital settings.
Keywords: Illness, Perception, Psychological Distress, Hypertension.
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