Diabetes Mellitus

Donita E. Baird, David M. Clarke

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Diabetes mellitus has serious implications for both the individual and society. An understanding of associated psychological processes and interventions is critical in supporting people with diabetes. Factors thought to be important in optimal diabetes management are presented here, and potential difficulties experienced by patients are examined. This chapter deals with the cognitive, emotional, motivational, and psychosocial factors associated with the treatment of people with diabetes. Implications for practice are considered, including health service delivery factors and methods to facilitate self-management and address demoralization. Depression, anxiety, and eating disorders are examined. The whole person model is presented as a method of applying a cognitivebehavioral model within a biopsychosocial multidisciplinary framework. The role of clinical psychology in the care of people with diabetes is also considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
ISBN (Electronic)9780199971169
ISBN (Print)9780199733989
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2012


  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Demoralization
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Disease management
  • Self-management

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