Household composition and psychological health: Results of the Second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2) study

Lene E. Joensen, Ingrid Willaing, Richard I G Holt, Johan Wens, Søren Skovlund, Mark Peyrot

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Aims: 1) To explore the effect of household composition on the psychological health of adults with diabetes by comparing those living with other adult(s) including a partner with those living with neither partner nor other adult(s); 2) to examine potential mediation of social support in the association between household composition and psychological health. Methods: The study is part of the DAWN2 study conducted in 17 countries. The population comprised 8596 people with diabetes (PWD). Multiple regression models (linear and binary) were applied. Results: People living with 'other adult(s) but no partner' experienced significantly lower . well-being, higher . diabetes distress and worried more frequently about . hypoglycaemic events than those with a partner or those not co-habiting with another adult. However, participants living with 'other adult(s) but no partner' were more empowered compared to the other household composition groups. The association between household composition and psychological health was not mediated by diabetes-specific social support. Conclusions: The study indicates the psychological vulnerability of respondents living without a partner but with other adult(s). Appropriate support interventions must be developed and tested in order to enhance psychological health in people with diabetes living with other adults such as adult children, but with no partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Diabetes and its Complications
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 8 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Diabetes
  • Household composition
  • Psychological health
  • Social network
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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