Attributions and misconceptions in angina: An exploratory study

Gill Furze*, Robert J.P. Lewin, Alun Roebuck, David, R. Thompson , Peter Bull

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Although there have been a number of studies regarding attributions and misconceptions in people following a heart attack, there have been no comparable studies in people with angina. Semi-structured interviews were held with 20 people suffering from angina to discover their beliefs about angina, particularly those that may be misconceived or associated with maladaptive coping. Nineteen of the 20 participants held such beliefs. Stress was the most frequent causal attribution and misconceived angina avoidance strategies were cited by the majority. The beliefs about angina held by this sample may have implications for their health-related quality of life, if their experience mirrors that found within heart attack populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-510
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2001


  • Angina beliefs
  • Attributions
  • Coping
  • Misconceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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