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TitleA study of a couple with type 2 diabetes : dyadic adjustment and psychological morbidity
Author(s)Pereira, M. Graça
Machado, José Cunha
Sousa, M. Rui
Pedras, Susana
KeywordsDiabetes Mellitus
Gender Identity
Health care delivery
Cross-sectional studies
Issue date2014
PublisherAssociação Médica Brasileira (AMB)
JournalRevista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Abstract(s)Objective: this study assessed dyadic adjustment and psychological morbidity in type 2 diabetic patients and their partners, focusing on the role of gender. Methods: 214 diabetic patients and their partners participated in the cross-sectional study and were assessed on psychological morbidity (HADS) and marital adjustment (RDAS). Data was analyzed using dyadic analysis, a statistical process that studies the patient/partner dyads simultaneously. Results: results revealed that the negative relationship between dyadic adjustment and psychological morbidity in female patients was stronger than in male diabetic patients or in partners of male diabetic patients. On the other hand, the relationship between dyadic adjustment and psychological morbidity in partners of diabetic men was stronger than the same relationship in partners of diabetic women. Conclusion: since gender is a moderator, it is important to attend to the different needs of female and male patients and the education of diabetic patients should be centered on the patient/partner dyad.
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