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Perceptions of Control and Social Cognitive Theory: Understanding Adherene to a Diabetes Treatment Regimen
Hutton, Stacy Lynn
Adherence to the diabetes treatment regimen is considered one of the greatest obstacles to self-management. The current study integrated Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) and generalized perceptions of control (internal locus of control and perceived control) as its theoretical basis for understanding adherence to the diabetes regimen. This cross-sectional study included 16 adults (10 female, 6 male) over the age of 55 who had type 2 diabetes and had recently completed diabetes education. Spearman correlations (rs) were used to examine the relationships among SCT, internal locus of control and perceived control with adherence to the diabetes regimen, as measured by HbA1c. Although there were no statistically significant correlations between these constructs and adherence, several recommendations have been suggested for future research. Additional analysis revealed significant (p < .05) inverse correlations between time since diabetes education (weeks) and self-efficacy (r = -.607), as well as outcome expectations (rs = -.568). Specifically, both self-efficacy and outcome expectations decreased following diabetes education, indicating the need for interventions to target these predicators for long term adherence. Increasing adherence to the diabetes regimen will decrease the risk for chronic complications, thereby improving quality of life for individuals with diabetes.
locus of control
outcome expectations
perceived control
perceptions of control
social cognitive theory
type 2 diabetes
sthutton@hotmail.com (authorEmail)
Dr. W. Jack Rejeski, Ph.D. (committee chair)
Dr. Gary D. Miller, Ph.D. (committee member)
Dr. Shannon L. Mihalko, Ph.D. (committee member)
Hutton, Stacy Lynn
2008-09-28T10:52:39Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:59:47Z (accessioned)
2003-06-05 (available)
2008-09-28T10:52:39Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:59:47Z (available)
2002-05-08 (issued)
null (defenseDate)
Health & Exercise Science (discipline)
Wake Forest University (grantor)
MS (level)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14890 (uri)
etd-05132002-130430 (oldETDId)
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