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An Empirical Study of Self-Efficacy and Social Support in Diabetes Self-Management: Implications for Home Healthcare Nurses

Hunt, Caralise W. PhD, RN; Grant, Joan S. RN, DSN; Pritchard, David A. BS

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31824c28d2

This pilot study was conducted to evaluate relationships among self-efficacy, social support, social problem solving, and diabetes self-management in people living with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Self-efficacy, social support, and social problem solving were significantly correlated with diabetes self-management. These relationships indicate the importance of including interventions to promote self-efficacy, social support, and social problem solving in diabetes self-management programs.

Caralise W. Hunt, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the Auburn University School of Nursing, Auburn, Alabama.

Joan S. Grant, RN, DSN, is a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Auburn, Alabama.

David A. Pritchard, BS, is a Mathematics Statistics Graduate Teaching Assistant at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Caralise W. Hunt, 219 Miller Hall, Auburn, AL 36849 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.