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  To examine the associations between psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and the reported quality and type of relationships with partners.   All participants (n=88) completed a number of questionnaires, including two measures of relationship quality: the Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships Scale, the Diabetes Quality of Life Scale and the ATT-19 (which assesses personal integration of diabetes). Additionally, HbA(1c) levels were obtained from medical notes.   Measures of relationship quality significantly contributed to the explanation of two outcomes: personal integration of diabetes and satisfaction with the burden of self-management behaviours. More specifically, the findings demonstrate that a specific aspect of relationship quality--intimacy in recreational activities--is positively associated with the outcomes mentioned above.   People with Type 2 diabetes who are not taking insulin, who share engagement in physical activities with their partner are more likely to be psychologically well-adjusted to their diagnosis of diabetes. © 2011 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2011 Diabetes UK.


M Dempster, T McCarthy, M Davies. Psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and relationship quality. Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association. 2011 Apr;28(4):487-92

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