Adults with type 1 diabetes: Partner relationships and outcomes

Paula M. Trief, Yawen Jiang, Roy Beck, Peter J. Huckfeldt, Tara Knight, Kellee M. Miller, Ruth S. Weinstock

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Health outcomes of adults with type 1 diabetes may be affected by relationship status and quality. Our objective was to examine associations between relationship status, relationship factors, and outcomes in adults with type 1 diabetes. N = 1660 participants completed surveys measuring relationship satisfaction and perceived partner support style (active engagement, protective buffering, over-protection). Differences in glycemic control and adherence for those married/partnered versus not were insignificant. Higher relationship satisfaction, and having an engaged, not over-protective, partner was associated with better glycemic control and self-care. Helping partners support patients, avoiding over-protection, may enhance relationship and diabetes-related patient outcomes for adults with type 1 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-456
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • adults
  • glycemic control
  • marital status
  • relationship quality
  • social support
  • type 1 diabetes


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