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Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Irene Gonzales

Second Advisor

Virgil Parsons


Latinos are twice as likely as the general population to have diabetes. Hispanic women with diabetes are medically undeserved. The purpose of this study was to examine Mexican American women's attitudes about type 2 diabetes and its treatment. A convenience sample of 43 Mexican American women, > 18 years of age, and residing in Northern California participated in this descriptive/exploratory non-randomized survey conducted in February and March 2003. The Diabetes Attitude Scale was used to measure the attitudes of Mexican American women about type 2 diabetes and its treatment. Results supported the beliefs that health care professionals needed special training to care for clients with diabetes; that people with diabetes have a serious disease; and that controlling blood glucose levels reduces complications of diabetes.

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