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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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Eddings, Martha, "Self-Care Agency and Self-Care Practice of Adult African Americans With Type 2 Diabetes" (2012). Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects. 124.