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Acculturation, locus of control, and glucose levels among American Indians with diabetes


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

Diabetes is a critical health care issue for American Indian tribes throughout the United States. Research is increasingly considering the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of the disease, in addition to the physical attributes and consequences of diabetes. Locus of control has been examined in relationship to glucose control and diabetes treatment. The current study attempted to further this line of research by examining the relationship between locus of control and diabetes control (measured by blood glucose levels) in a sample of American Indians, a population that continue to receive limited attention in health and health psychology research. In addition, this study extended the examination of this relationship by also considering acculturation and its relationship to both locus of control and glucose level.

One-hundred-fifty-three adult American Indian residents of a rural reservation community participated in the study. They completed the Northern Plains Bicultural Immersion Scale, the Diabetes Locus of Control Scale, and a measurement of Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). No significant relationship was found between locus of control and hemoglobin, between acculturation and hemoglobin, or between acculturation and locus of control. The only significant predictor of hemoglobin was the age of the diabetes diagnosis, indicating that the longer a person had lived with diabetes, the more likely he/she was to control his/her hemoglobin levels. Several possible reasons for these findings, as well as limitations of the study and implications of the findings, are presented.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Behaviorial sciences;
Native Americans;
Native studies;
Public health;
Acculturation;
Glucose;
Diabetes
Classification
0384: Behaviorial sciences
0740: Native Americans
0740: Native studies
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Psychology; Acculturation; Diabetes; Glucose; Indians; Locus of control
Title
Acculturation, locus of control, and glucose levels among American Indians with diabetes
Author
Danks, Gennea A.
Number of pages
84
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0156
Source
DAI-B 67/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542876691
Advisor
Juntunen, Cindy
University/institution
The University of North Dakota
University location
United States -- North Dakota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3233960
ProQuest document ID
305288004
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305288004/abstract
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