Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The influence of health beliefs and behaviors on disease management and treatment compliance: The experience of older Latinos with type 2 diabetes
by Mowatt, Martha G., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 114; 1507774
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore health beliefs and health behaviors of older Latino diabetic adults regarding type 2 diabetes. Cultural and personal health beliefs were explored to determine if they influence health behavior as demonstrated by the participants' self-care practices and disease compliance. Kleinman's Explanatory Model of disease guided this study.

Ten face-to-face semistructured interviews were conducted in the homes of the participants. The study revealed that the health beliefs of the participants did influence self-care practices but did not determine the degree of influence. The study demonstrated that participants incorporated self-care practices in accordance with the biomedical model and complemented them with practices from their ethnic health beliefs. Most Latinos in this study applied cultural health beliefs to explain their understanding of the onset, trajectory, and management or self-care practices that were consistent with previous studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara S.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Aging, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1507774
ISBN: 978-1-267-20440-0
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