Brief communication: Patient affiliation in major illness

Yacov Rofé, Michael Hoffman, Isaac Lewin

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Affiliation preferences among 100 Israeli out patients with major illness were assessed in waiting room interviews. Patients preferred healthy others over being with fellow sufferers or alone, and avoided illness as a discussion topic. Secondary preference for being alone rather than with co-patients rose slightly with reported anxiety. Findings contradict the emotional comparison hypothesis that misery seeks out co-sufferers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-896
Number of pages2
JournalPsychological Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1985


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