Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Diabetes among older Latino adults
by Ortiz Martinez, Blanca, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 73; 1466296
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine how older Latino adults managed diabetes. The study explored cultural beliefs, difficulties, and interventions used by older Latino adults diagnosed with diabetes. A qualitative interview was conducted with 10 participants between the ages of 65 and 81. All the participants spoke Spanish except for 1 participant, who spoke English.

The majority of participants indicated that not eating the foods that they enjoyed as the most difficult issue in managing their diabetes. Some of the participants reported that diabetes is hereditary; others stated that it comes from emotional problems. The majority of participants had a positive perception about Western medicine and reported receiving support from family and the community. Diabetes caused a change in the participants' lifestyle, and additional research is needed to understand the impact that diabetes has on older Latino adults.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, Public policy, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1466296
ISBN: 978-1-109-17592-9
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