Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Relationships among Self-Efficacy, Health Beliefs and the Self-Management Behaviors of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
by Caulfield, Kristin J., Ph.D., George Mason University, 2012, 153; 3549857
Abstract (Summary)

One key factor to sustained improvement of diabetes self-management behaviors is to identify modifiable predictors of the behaviors. Understanding the relationship between these predictors and self-management behaviors provides a venue for health care professionals to develop effective interventions to enhance self-care, thus delay the development of complications and improve quality of life among people with type 2 diabetes.

A non-experimental descriptive-correlational design was used for this study. The sample (n=103) was 57.3% (n=59) male with a mean age of 54.34 (11.92) years. The majority of participants were married (63.7%, n=65) and had graduated from college (70.6%, n=72).

The results regarding healthy eating supported the conceptual framework. Self-efficacy and health beliefs predicted healthy eating behaviors among this sample of adults with type 2 diabetes. The results regarding physical activity did not support the conceptual framework. Self-efficacy and health beliefs did not predict physical activity behaviors among this sample of adults with type 2 diabetes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zhou, Qiuping
Commitee: Fox, Rebecca, Urban, Carol
School: George Mason University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Health beliefs, Healthy eating, Physical activity, Self management, Self-efficacy, Type 2 diabetes
Publication Number: 3549857
ISBN: 978-1-267-86653-0
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