Author: Saba Khan
Supervisor: Ms. Rafia Rafique
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research investigated differences in stressful life events, perceived social support and coping strategies among female patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and their matched controls. It was hypothesized that there are significant differences in stressful life events, perceived social support and coping strategies among female patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and their matched controls. A self constructed stressful life events questionnaire, Berlin Perceived Social Support Scale (Schwarzer & Schulz, 2000), and a self constructed questionnaire measuring coping strategies based on the indicators drawn from Proactive Coping Scale (Greenglass, 1999) were used for measuring study variables. The sample of the present research consisted of 50 females (25 with AMI and 25 matched controls) recruited from three major hospitals of Lahore. Their age ranged from 45-65 years. Independent sample t- test and Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used for the purpose of analyzing data. The findings suggested that there is significant difference in stressful life events, perceived social support and coping strategies among female patients with AMI and their matched controls. A positive correlation was found between stressful life events and coping strategies. Similarly a positive correlation existed between social support and coping strategies employed. Implications of the study along with limitations and suggestions are discussed for future researches.
Keywords: Stressful Life Events, Perceived Social Support , Coping Strategies, Acute Myocardial Infarction ,Matched Controls
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