Midlife Women's Experiences of Living with Diabetes and the Role of Religion and Spirituality

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161147
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Presentation
Title:
Midlife Women's Experiences of Living with Diabetes and the Role of Religion and Spirituality
Abstract:
Midlife Women's Experiences of Living with Diabetes and the Role of Religion and Spirituality
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Davis, Judy, MS, MPH, ANP, RN
P.I. Institution Name:West Suburban College of Nursing
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park, IL, 60302, USA
Contact Telephone:708-763-6532
Daily diabetic self-care can be especially stressful for midlife women (Lundman, et al., 1988) when coupled with conflicting demands of working and caring for their families (Folkman & Lazarus, 1980; Zarit, et al.,
1986). Researchers (Harris, 1995; Kass, 1991) have suggested that religion
and spirituality help individuals cope with illnesses. A variety of coping
strategies in diabetes have been sought (Dunn & Turtle, 1984; Polonsky, et
al. 1995). While religion and spirituality have been suggested as
beneficial in helping individuals to adjust to other chronic diseases
(Harris, et al., 1995; Kass, 1991), few researchers have examined its
benefit in adjusting to diabetes. The purpose of this naturalistic inquiry
is to describe midlife women's experiences living with diabetes and
explore the role of religion and spirituality in coping. A study sample of
six women (38-54 years, u=48.5) was purposively selected from a survey of
80 diabetic subjects who sought care from an urban diabetic clinic. Three
spiritually at-risk women and three not at-risk were identified through a
spiritual risk-assessment survey (Fitchett, 1998) and interviewed by the
researcher. A semi-structured questionnaire provided a guide for probing
and discussing the experience of living with diabetes. Data were analyzed
using the constant comparative method outlined by Glaser and Strauss
(1967). Interviews were conceptualized as describing/responding to
diabetes, seeking religious/non-religious support. Preliminary
interpretations suggest that women's values, rooted in childhood religious
experiences and practiced in daily living, support their ability to lower
distress by "letting go of things they can't control" and help them adhere
to self-care by "making room for diabetes." Findings underscore the need
for nursing to (re)integrate spiritual relevance into its assessment and
interventions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMidlife Women's Experiences of Living with Diabetes and the Role of Religion and Spiritualityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161147-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Midlife Women's Experiences of Living with Diabetes and the Role of Religion and Spirituality</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Davis, Judy, MS, MPH, ANP, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">West Suburban College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 3 Erie Court, Oak Park, IL, 60302, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">708-763-6532</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">judy.davis@wscn.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Daily diabetic self-care can be especially stressful for midlife women (Lundman, et al., 1988) when coupled with conflicting demands of working and caring for their families (Folkman &amp; Lazarus, 1980; Zarit, et al., <br/> 1986). Researchers (Harris, 1995; Kass, 1991) have suggested that religion <br/> and spirituality help individuals cope with illnesses. A variety of coping <br/> strategies in diabetes have been sought (Dunn &amp; Turtle, 1984; Polonsky, et <br/> al. 1995). While religion and spirituality have been suggested as <br/> beneficial in helping individuals to adjust to other chronic diseases <br/> (Harris, et al., 1995; Kass, 1991), few researchers have examined its <br/> benefit in adjusting to diabetes. The purpose of this naturalistic inquiry <br/> is to describe midlife women's experiences living with diabetes and <br/> explore the role of religion and spirituality in coping. A study sample of <br/> six women (38-54 years, u=48.5) was purposively selected from a survey of <br/> 80 diabetic subjects who sought care from an urban diabetic clinic. Three <br/> spiritually at-risk women and three not at-risk were identified through a <br/> spiritual risk-assessment survey (Fitchett, 1998) and interviewed by the <br/> researcher. A semi-structured questionnaire provided a guide for probing <br/> and discussing the experience of living with diabetes. Data were analyzed <br/> using the constant comparative method outlined by Glaser and Strauss <br/> (1967). Interviews were conceptualized as describing/responding to <br/> diabetes, seeking religious/non-religious support. Preliminary <br/> interpretations suggest that women's values, rooted in childhood religious <br/> experiences and practiced in daily living, support their ability to lower <br/> distress by &quot;letting go of things they can't control&quot; and help them adhere <br/> to self-care by &quot;making room for diabetes.&quot; Findings underscore the need <br/> for nursing to (re)integrate spiritual relevance into its assessment and <br/> interventions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:16:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:16:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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