Unique relations between post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and patient functioning in type 2 diabetes

Danielle Arigo, Vanessa Juth, Paula Trief, Kenneth Wallston, Jan Ulbrecht, Joshua M. Smyth

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Abstract

This study examined reported post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes who had no history of psychiatric diagnosis or treatment (n = 184, MHbA1c = 9.13%, standard deviation = 1.68). Participants reported moderate to severe intensity of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (M = 19.17, SD = 17.58). Together, depressive and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms accounted for 10–40 percent of the variance in type 2 diabetes outcomes; post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms were associated with elevated diabetes distress and more frequent exercise and self-blood glucose testing (unique R2 ~ 3%). Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may be overlooked in type 2 diabetes among patients without formal psychiatric diagnoses, and warrant increased attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-664
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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