Multigenerational timeline and understanding of diabetes and self-care

Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos, Elizabeth A. Walker

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Testing the practice-theory multigenerational legacies of diabetes, effects of a family member's perceptions of the time line and understanding of diabetes on participants' perceptions of their own diabetes and effect of their own perceptions on self-care were examined. Using a cross-sectional descriptive design, 123 participants completed study instruments by mail. Memories of a family member's perception of the time line (r = .25, p = .01) and understanding of diabetes (r = .32, p = .01) were related; participants' own perceptions of time line (β = -.24) and understanding (β = .10) accounted for significant variance in dietary adherence, with time line contributing unique variance (R2 = .06, F = 3.3, p = .04). The perceptions were not associated with other self-care behaviors. Findings illuminate effects of time line and understanding of diabetes in patients with family history of diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-77
Number of pages16
JournalResearch and Theory for Nursing Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Diabetes
  • Illness representation
  • Multigenerational legacy
  • Self-care behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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