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Positive Emotion Predicts Increases in Posttraumatic Growth and Health Behavior Change During Cardiac Rehabilitation

Poster Session VII - Board: VII-046
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Angel R. Vasquez
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

John D. Montoya
University of New Mexico

Laura E. Bouldin
University of New Mexico

Paulette J. Christopher
University of New Mexico

Jennifer F. Bernard
University of New Mexico

Bruce W. Smith
University of New Mexico

This study examined predictors of posttraumatic growth (PTG) and health behavior change (HBC) following cardiac rehabilitation in 77 heart patients. Positive emotion was related to more PTG and HBC when controlling for baseline variables. Emotional approach coping and social support was also related to more PTG and HBC, respectively.

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