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Disease factors associated with spousal influence on diabetic diet: An exploratory comparison of Vietnamese American and White older adults.

  • Author(s): August, Kristin J;
  • Dowell, Alexandra;
  • Sorkin, Dara H
  • et al.
Abstract

This study examined whether disease-specific factors were important for how and how often White versus Vietnamese American spouses influenced their partners' diabetic diet. Results from a cross-sectional survey of 145 older adult spouses whose partners had type 2 diabetes revealed that Vietnamese American spouses used more frequent spousal influence (positive and negative) than White spouses. In addition, most of the factors associated with spousal influence differed for Vietnamese American and White spouses. Findings from this study highlight the importance of proximal and sociocultural factors in understanding older spouses' influence on their partners' diabetic diet.

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