Ruth A. Houston-Barrett, PhD, School of Behavioral Health, Loma Linda University; Colwick M. Wilson, PhD, The University of Michigan, School of Nursing.
Couple’s Relationship With Diabetes: Means and Meanings for Management Success
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2012
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 92–105, January 2014
How to Cite
Houston-Barrett, R. A. and Wilson, C. M. (2014), Couple’s Relationship With Diabetes: Means and Meanings for Management Success. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40: 92–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00322.x
The first author would like to acknowledge Professor Carmen Knudson-Martin, LMFT, Director of the Doctoral Program in Marital & Family Therapy, Loma Linda University for her invaluable assistance with the early development of theory in this paper.
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2012
Diabetes is a serious chronic illness that involves individuals, couples, and families in complex reciprocal interactions with the illness and other life dimensions. A major issue in diabetes management is how well the patient is able to follow the established medical regimen of selfcare. Situated within personal, physical, and social contexts, the meaning that a couple creates and the emotions they feel in their adaptation to living with diabetes and its demanding regimen can be viewed as the couple’s relationship with diabetes.