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Psychosocial Predictors of Diabetes Management

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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.

Keywords: anger; diabetes; self-care; social support

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Mary Turner DePalma, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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