Sharing Your Experiences with Lupus May Improve Quality of Life
A new study out of China finds that increased self-disclosure –the process by which individuals voluntarily tell others about themselves and share their thoughts and feelings – is linked with better quality of life in people with lupus. In general, healthy and socially well-adjusted people demonstrate high levels of self-disclosure, and previous studies have shown that self-disclosure is linked to physical and emotional well-being.
A total of 161 people hospitalized with lupus were part of the study and researchers found that 63.4% of study participants demonstrated low to moderate levels of self-disclosure. The participants answered a questionnaire which asked about quality of life in multiple areas, including physical, emotional, and social health. The study revealed that self-disclosure was associated with several positive outcomes, including:
- Less pain • More intimate relationships
- Reduced burden to others
- Better emotional health
- Increased body positivity
While better social support was notably associated with higher levels of self-disclosure, lower levels of self-disclosure were linked with depression and alcohol consumption.
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