He Said, She Said
Gender differences, spousal support, diabetes, health, couples therapy
Couple research has shown spousal support is associated with better treatment adherence, illness adaptation and blood sugar control in studies of individuals with diabetes. However, few studies have investigated gender differences and how they impact spousal supporting behaviors. In this study, seventy-four individuals (patients and spouses) participated in semi-structured interviews regarding spousal support relating to diabetes management. Transcripts of these interviews were rigorously coded and analyzed by a team of researchers. A sampling of quotes is provided illustrating gender differences in the areas of dietary and regimen specific support as well as perceptions of nagging behavior. Potential explanations for differences and implications for clinicians are discussed including the role of marital therapists on collaborative treatment teams.
Original Publication Citation
Sandberg, J. G., Trief, P. M., Greenberg, R. P., Graff, K., & Weinstock, R. S. (2006). “He said, she said”: The impact of gender on spousal support in diabetes management. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5(2), 23-42.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Trief, Paula M.; Greenberg, Roger P.; Graff, Keri; and Weinstock, Ruth S., "He Said, She Said" (2005). Faculty Publications. 2440.
Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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