The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of Latino males with type 2 diabetes regarding aspects of living with this condition. The sample consisted of 11 adult males. Semi-structured interviews were performed, applying a grounded theory approach. The men reported how culture had impacted their perceptions of diabetes, including the concepts of azucar, nervios, and susto. The men also described their sources of support and whether they were comfortable speaking to family and friends about sensitive topics. They also discussed how being a Latino male had affected their attitudes towards the illness and the various coping skills they were practicing to facilitate their diabetes management and relieve their feelings of sadness and stress associated with diabetes. The results suggest that social workers should provide education and support to Latino men and should provide them with a safe place to facilitate conversations about sensitive topics.
|Advisor:||Potts, Marilyn K.|
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public health, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Chronic illness, Coping, Diabetes, Latino males, Perceptions, Quality of life|
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