The Prevalence and Correlates of Mental and Emotional Health Among American Indian Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Melissa L. Walls, Benjamin D. Aronson, Garrett V. Soper, Michelle D. Johnson-Jennings

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Purpose 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 2 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-328
Number of pages10
JournalThe Diabetes Educator
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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The Prevalence and Correlates of Mental and Emotional Health Among American Indian Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. / Walls, Melissa L.; Aronson, Benjamin D.; Soper, Garrett V.; Johnson-Jennings, Michelle D.

In: The Diabetes Educator, Vol. 40, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 319-328.

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Walls, Melissa L. ; Aronson, Benjamin D. ; Soper, Garrett V. ; Johnson-Jennings, Michelle D. / The Prevalence and Correlates of Mental and Emotional Health Among American Indian Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. In: The Diabetes Educator. 2014 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 319-328.
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