Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Vickie Walker

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to identify and examine the concepts of self-care agency and self-care practice of African American adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, living in the local community. The research questions addressed were: 1) What is the self-care agency of adult African Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? 2) What is the self-care practice of adult African Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? 3) Is there a relationship between self-care agency and self-care practice in adult African Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? The Denyes Self-Care Agency Instrument (DSCAI-90) and the Denyes Self-Care Practice Instrument (DSCPI-90) were used to survey a convenience sample of 40 adult African Americans with type 2 diabetes, living in the community. Findings revealed that self-care agency and self-care practice were present, and there was a positive correlation between the two concepts. The results of this study supported the usefulness of Orem's Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory (SCDNT) (2001) with adult African American diabetic populations and identified the need for further research to examine self-care in other African American populations.

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