Spirituality and coping in young adults with diabetes : a cross-sectional study

Parsian, Nasvin and Dunning, Trisha 2009, Spirituality and coping in young adults with diabetes : a cross-sectional study, European diabetes nursing, vol. 6, no. 3, September / November, pp. 100-104, doi: 10.1002/edn.144.

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Title Spirituality and coping in young adults with diabetes : a cross-sectional study
Author(s) Parsian, Nasvin
Dunning, TrishaORCID iD for Dunning, Trisha orcid.org/0000-0002-0284-1706
Journal name European diabetes nursing
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Season September / November
Start page 100
End page 104
Total pages 5
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication West Sussex, England
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1551-7853
1551-7861
Summary Aim: Spirituality is an important aspect of wellbeing in people with diabetes. The current study aimed to explore how young adults with diabetes define spirituality, and the relationship between spirituality and coping in young adults with diabetes.

Methods: An exploratory study was conducted in 100 young adults with diabetes aged 18–30 years. Participants completed the Coping Questionnaire for Young Adults with Diabetes and the Spirituality Questionnaire.

Results: Young adults with diabetes defined spirituality as a sense of finding inner self and meaning in life, which is enriched by connections with other people and the universal whole. There was no significant difference in spirituality between religious and non-religious young adults with diabetes. People with a shorter duration of diabetes had higher scores on spiritual needs and engaged in more spiritual practices. Coping was correlated with spirituality (p<0.002) and self-awareness (p<0.000). Lower levels of glycosylated haemoglobin were associated with overall spirituality (p<0.04) and self-awareness (p<0.01).

Conclusions: Young adults with diabetes defined spirituality as a sense of being in touch with the inner self, meaning in life, and connecting with people, nature and a higher being. Spirituality is important to young adults with diabetes and helps them cope with stressful situations.
Notes Article first published online: 14 DEC 2009
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/edn.144
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, FEND
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