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The role of overprotection by the partner in coping with diabetes: A moderated mediation model

Schokker, M. C., Links, T. P., Bouma, J., Keers, J. C., Sanderman, R., Wolffenbuttel, B. H. R. & Hagedoorn, M., 2011, In : Psychology & Health. 26, 1, p. 95-111 17 p., 919361971.

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This study examined whether diabetes-specific self-efficacy mediates the association between overprotection and distress and whether this mediation depends on glycemic control and gender. The research sample of 215 individuals with diabetes and their partners completed a measure of partners' overprotective behaviours towards the patient. Patients also completed measures of diabetes-specific self-efficacy and diabetes-related distress. Further, HbA1c values were obtained as an indication of glycemic control. Diabetes-specific self-efficacy mediated the association between overprotection by the partner and diabetes-related distress especially when glycemic control was relatively poor. Furthermore, diabetes-specific self-efficacy mediated the association between overprotection and diabetes-related distress more strongly in female than in male patients. The findings underscore the importance of studying both moderators and mediators in the association between partner behaviour and distress in patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number919361971
Pages (from-to)95-111
Number of pages17
JournalPsychology & Health
Volume26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

  • support, spouses, perceived control, illness, well-being, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, SELF-EFFICACY, SOCIAL SUPPORT, PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS, DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS, UNSUPPORTIVE BEHAVIORS, GENDER-DIFFERENCES, INTIMATE PARTNERS, PERCEIVED CONTROL, GLYCEMIC CONTROL

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