Spousal support and relationship happiness in adults with type 2 diabetes and their spouses

Lafontaine, Marie-France, Bélanger, Claude, Jolin, Stéphanie, Sabourin, Stéphane and Nouwen, Arie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0609-4082 (2020) Spousal support and relationship happiness in adults with type 2 diabetes and their spouses. Canadian Journal of Diabetes . ISSN 1499-2671 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2020.05.006)

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Abstract

Objectives
The purpose of this study was to examine the association between the perceptions of spousal support self-efficacy in terms of dietary self-care and relationship happiness.

Methods
Forty-six couples, in which only one spouse has type 2 diabetes, completed questionnaires on perceptions of spousal support self-efficacy and relationship happiness.

Results
Using an actor-partner interdependence model, we found that when persons with type 2 diabetes were more confident in their spouse’s ability to provide them with support regarding their dietary self-care, they reported more relationship happiness. We also found that when their spouse without diabetes was more confident in their own abilities to provide such support to their partner, they reported more relationship happiness. However, the person with diabetes’ confidence in their spouse’s support abilities and the spouse’s confidence in their own support abilities were not associated with the other partner’s relationship happiness.

Conclusions
This study offers a unique dyadic perspective on the determinants of happiness for couples in which one spouse has type 2 diabetes. The perceived quality of spousal support appears to be associated with relationship happiness in committed couples managing diabetes, regardless of the actual support received or provided.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): actor‒partner interdependence model, auto-efficacité du soutien conjugal, auto-soins en matière d’alimentation, bonheur dans la relation, diabète de type 2, dietary self-care, modèle d’interdépendance acteur-partenaire, relationship happiness, spousal support self-efficacy, type 2 diabetes
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 30224
Notes on copyright: © 2020. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2020 15:50
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 13:45
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30224

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