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.
|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|
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