Title page for ETD etd-0729103-130157

Type of Document Dissertation
Author O'Hea, Erin L
Author's Email Address eohea1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0729103-130157
Title Adherence to Medical Regimens in Low-Income Adults with Type II Diabetes: The Influence of Perceived Control Constructs
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Phillip J. Brantley Committee Chair
Alan Baumeister Committee Member
Mary Lou Kelley Committee Member
William Gouvier Committee Member
Rebecca Chaisson Dean's Representative
  • diabetes
  • adherence
  • perceived control
Date of Defense 2003-01-29
Availability unrestricted
Individuals with Type 2 diabetes often do not adhere to their treatment regimens (e.g., exercise, diet, medication, glucose monitoring). Non-adherence results in poor metabolic control, further morbidity and mortality, and increased health care utilization and costs. One common thread among many health-behavior-theories that attempt to explain non-adherence behaviors is the importance of perceived control. This psychosocial variable has most often been conceptualized as ‘health locus of control,’ which refers to the belief that one has the ability to influence or change one’s health outcomes. Inconsistent findings have been reported regarding the relationship of health locus of control and medical regimen adherence in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. These inconsistencies may be related to a need for further research focused on the interaction of internal locus with other perceived control constructs (e.g., self-efficacy and outcome expectancy) as well as other types of external loci of control. The present study examined the relationship between internal locus of control, self-efficacy, and outcome expectancy on medical regimen adherence behaviors in low-income adults with Type 2 diabetes. It also investigated the influence of four types of external loci of control, independent and when combined with internal locus of control, on medical regimen adherence in Type 2 diabetic patients. A biological marker, HbA1c, which is considered the most reliable medical indicator for medical regimen adherence behaviors of diabetic patients, was used to measure medical regimen adherence. Multiple regression analyses demonstrate that though self efficacy, in its solidarity, was the best predictor of medical regimen adherence, as indicated by HbA1c levels, the interaction of high internal locus of control and high outcome expectancy was also meaningfully linked to medical regimen adherence. Further, results suggest that high internal locus of control and low chance locus of control beliefs are significantly related to medical regimen adherence in this sample of low-income patients with Type 2 diabetes.
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