Type II diabetes is a significant problem in the United States that had affected almost 10% of the American population and over 13% of African Americans. Although culturally competent diabetes education and treatment programs have been significantly more successful, little is known about the cultural factors affecting type II diabetes in African Americans of Caribbean descent (AACD). The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study was to explore the cultural factors relevant to the treatment and prevention of type II diabetes among AACD. The theoretical framework for the study consisted of cultural adaptation theory and the transtheoretical model. Data collection consisted of in-depth, qualitative semistructured interviews. For the first research question, findings indicated that AACD viewed dietary and exercise regimens as challenging to implement. For the second question, findings indicated that AACD viewed medical advice related to diabetes as valuable and helpful, and AACD fully appreciated and perhaps even exaggerated the seriousness of diabetes, a factor that might incentivize preventative behaviors. Findings from the present study could inform new diabetes treatment and education for AACD that addresses specific cultural factors, which could lead to lower diabetes rates for this population.
|Advisor:||Dunn, Patrick J.|
|Commitee:||Krishnamoorthy, Sriya, Sapci, Ahmet|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Nutrition, Public health|
|Keywords:||African American, Caribbean descent, Cultural, Cultural attitudes, Type II diabetes, United States|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be