The Prevalence and Correlates of Mental and Emotional Health Among American Indian Adults With Type 2 Diabetes
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The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and correlates of mental and emotional health factors among a sample of American Indian (Indigenous) adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Data are from a community-based participatory research project involving two Indigenous reservation communities. Data were collected from 218 Indigenous adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes via in-person paper-and-pencil survey interviews.
Reports of greater numbers of mental/emotional health problems were associated with increases in self-reported hyperglycemia, comorbid health problems, and health-impaired physical activities.
This study addresses a gap in the literature by demonstrating the associations between various mental/emotional health factors and diabetes-related health problems for Indigenous Americans. Findings underscore the importance of holistic, integrated primary care models for more effective diabetes care.
Walls, M. L., Aronson, B. D., Soper, G. V., & Johnson-Jennings, M. D. (2014). The Prevalence and Correlates of Mental and Emotional Health Among American Indian Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 40(3), 319-328. doi: 10.1177/0145721714524282