Article: Education and Psychological Aspects
Psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and relationship quality
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2011 Diabetes UK
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 487–492, April 2011
How to Cite
Dempster, M., McCarthy, T. and Davies, M. (2011), Psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and relationship quality. Diabetic Medicine, 28: 487–492. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03214.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 22 DEC 2010 12:10PM EST
- Accepted 14 December 2010
- health-related quality of life;
- psychological adjustment;
- Type 2 diabetes
Diabet. Med. 28, 487–492 (2011)
Aims To examine the associations between psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and the reported quality and type of relationships with partners.
Methods All participants (n = 88) completed a number of questionnaires, including two measures of relationship quality: the Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships Scale, the Diabetes Quality of Life Scale and the ATT-19 (which assesses personal integration of diabetes). Additionally, HbA1c levels were obtained from medical notes.
Results Measures of relationship quality significantly contributed to the explanation of two outcomes: personal integration of diabetes and satisfaction with the burden of self-management behaviours. More specifically, the findings demonstrate that a specific aspect of relationship quality—intimacy in recreational activities—is positively associated with the outcomes mentioned above.
Conclusions People with Type 2 diabetes who are not taking insulin, who share engagement in physical activities with their partner are more likely to be psychologically well-adjusted to their diagnosis of diabetes.