Biobehavioral factors in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Implications for research and practice Academic Article uri icon


  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most common connective tissue disease in children. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis may best be conceptualized as a syndrome of diverse etiologies with three distinct types of disease onset: systemic, poly articular, and pauciarticular. The overall management of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis consists of a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive care. Biobehavioral factors are delineated into four primary areas: therapeutic adherence, arthritic pain, psychosocial adjustment, and functional independence. To date, relatively little systematic biobehavioral research has been conducted in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; however, the potential for the interdisciplinary biobehavioral approach to this pediatrie chronic disorder is quite evident. © 1984.

author list (cited authors)

  • Varni, J. W., & Jay, S. M.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Varni, James W||Jay, Susan M

publication date

  • January 1984