Assessment of coping strategies, social support, and general health status in individuals with diabetes mellitus.

S. H. Kvam, J. S. Lyons

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Abstract

This study examined 51 individuals (30 men, 21 women) who participated in an outpatient diabetes education program. Participants with higher perceived support by friends and problem-solving coping strategies were healthier, while those exhibiting a wish-fulfillment coping style were less healthy. Perceived family social support was much greater for Type II (noninsulin-dependent) individuals than for Type I (insulin-dependent) individuals. Men perceived greater family support, were more likely to use problem-solving coping, and were healthier than women; however, both wish fulfillment and detachment coping were more prevalent in women. Perceived support from family and friends increased with education. Implications for diabetes education programs are also introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-632
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Reports
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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