Psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and relationship quality

M. Dempster*, T. McCarthy, M. Davies

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To examine the associations between psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and the reported quality and type of relationships with partners.

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.

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.

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue number4
Early online date10 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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