Legacy of diabetes and self-care behavior

Res Nurs Health. 2007 Oct;30(5):508-17. doi: 10.1002/nur.20208.

Abstract

The effect of multigenerational legacies of diabetes on health beliefs and behaviors was explored. Diabetic participants (N = 123) with family histories of diabetes responded to survey questions about their own diabetes self-care behavior, illness representation (including consequences and controllability of diabetes), recollection of a family member's illness representation and complications, and perceived social consequences of diabetes. Recollections about family members' disease controllability (r = .21, p < .05) and social consequences (r = -.19, p < .05) and participants' own perceptions of controllability were significantly related. Significant associations were also found between perceptions of controllability and general and social consequences with medication adherence (beta =-.33, beta = -36, and beta = -.43, respectively, all p<.05). Findings suggest that explorations of patients' recollections of a family member's experiences with diabetes can affect their illness perceptions and behavior.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / nursing
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy*
  • Family Health*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intergenerational Relations*
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Prejudice
  • Psychological Theory
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Care / psychology*