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Charlotte Paddison

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Type 2 Diabetes: A Self-Regulatory Experience

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Dr Paddison investigated type 2 diabetes using a psychological approach grounded in self-regulatory theory. Diabetes mellitus is usually described as a long-term physical illness, and biomedical perspectives predominate in published diabetes research. This study adds to accumulating knowledge about diabetes by addressing an identifiable gap in the literature, namely, an understanding of the psychological processes involved in managing type 2 diabetes. Psychological variables were shown to explain differences in metabolic control, quality of life, and diabetes-related distress. Individual perceptions of diabetes, and relationships with family and health professionals were linked to differences in self-care behaviour. Dr. Paddison’s research demonstrates that psychological and social factors are important in helping people with diabetes stay well.

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