Author: Qurat ul Ain
Supervisor: Amarah Qureshi & Iram Fatima, Ph.D
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship of
optimism and personal growth initiative with positive interpretation of
illness in patients with asthma. It was hypothesized that there is likely to
be a positive relationship of optimism and personal growth initiative with
positive interpretation of illness in patients with asthma. The research
design was within subjects and purposive sampling technique was used.
Sample comprised of (N = 100) patients with asthma (n = 50 males and n
= 50 females). Life Orientation Test revised by Scheier and Carver (1985)
for optimism, Personal Growth Initiative Scale (PGIS) by Robitschek
(1999) and Silver lining Questionnaire by Michael and Hyland (1997) for
positive interpretation of illness were used for this study. Pearson moment
correlation and hierarchical regression were used to analyze data. The
results highlighted that personal growth initiative was positively related as
well as positively predicted positive interpretation of illness. But no
relationship and prediction was found of optimism with positive
interpretation of illness. On the basis of research results awareness can be
given to the patients that how their life is affected by the disease and can
be improved by proper treatment.
Keywords: Optimism, Personal Growth, Reinterpretation of Illness.
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