||Some relationships between personality and behaviour
in hospitalized tuberculosis patients.
||AME REV RESPIR DIS 1957, 76, 232-246.
The study concerned an investigation of the relationship
between selected personality dimensions and several measures of
overt behaviour among hospitalized TB patients. A structured Q-sort
was constructed to measure the selected dimensions of personality.
It was administered to all patients who were 45 years of age and
less and who were admitted to the Madison Veterans Administration
Hospital, Wisconsin, USA. Data were obtained at an early point in
each patient's hospitalization. Assessment of patient behaviour
was accomplished by use of the Ward Behavior Rating Scale. The head
nurse of each ward rated each subject of her ward, using this scale,
approximately three months after the patient's admission to the
hospital. It appears that the manifest behaviour of hospitalized
tuberculous patients, both in its voluntary aspects (such as ward
behaviour) and in its involuntary aspects (such as physiologic response
to medical treatment), is to a significant extent a function of
personality factors. Some of these personality variables, assessed
early in hospitalization, are related predictably to subsequent
behaviour patterns. The general implication of the findings supports
the view that comprehensive management of TB must take the total
person and not only his physical disease as the object of treatment.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR; SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY; USA.