Acculturation and self-management perceptions among Mexican American adults with type 2 diabetes

Julie Plasencia, Sharon Hoerr, Marsha Carolan, Lorraine Weatherspoon

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    Abstract

    Because type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is disproportionately high among Mexican Americans in the United States, this study examined how acculturation influences T2DM self-management, a critical component for disease outcome. Qualitative interviews of 24 low-income Mexican American patients with T2DM were matched to their biomedical and dietary data and degree of acculturation. Greater acculturation to the United States was associated with less favorable diabetes control, fiber density, leisure-time physical activity, and more physical disability. Health care professionals can improve their cultural competence by learning culturally appropriate foods and fostering a warm, caring manner with Mexican Americans to enhance their sense of well-being and compliance with T2DM recommendations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)121-131
    Number of pages11
    JournalFamily and Community Health
    Volume40
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2017

    Profile

    Acculturation
    Self Care
    Cultural Competency
    Foster Home Care
    Leisure Activities
    Motor Activity
    Learning
    Interviews
    Delivery of Health Care
    Food

    Keywords

    • Acculturation
    • Diabetes self-management
    • Mexican American
    • Nutrition
    • Type 2 diabetes

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Acculturation and self-management perceptions among Mexican American adults with type 2 diabetes. / Plasencia, Julie; Hoerr, Sharon; Carolan, Marsha; Weatherspoon, Lorraine.

    In: Family and Community Health, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2017, p. 121-131.

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    Plasencia, Julie; Hoerr, Sharon; Carolan, Marsha; Weatherspoon, Lorraine / Acculturation and self-management perceptions among Mexican American adults with type 2 diabetes.

    In: Family and Community Health, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2017, p. 121-131.

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