Psychosocial predictors of diabetes management

Am J Health Behav. Mar-Apr 2011;35(2):209-18. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.35.2.8.


Objective: To investigate whether a perception of responsibility for disease onset and self-blame might influence disease management in people with diabetes.

Methods: Our survey assessed perceived responsibility for disease onset, self-blame, anger, social support, and disease management in a sample of 46 individuals with diabetes.

Results: As perceptions of responsibility for disease onset increased, so did trait anger. Increases in trait anger were associated with increases in self-blame and negative social support, which were associated with the self-report of poorer disease management.

Conclusions: Perceptions of responsibility and subsequent anger, self-blame, and negative social support may interfere with effective diabetes management.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anger
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Self Concept
  • Self Report
  • Social Support