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Posttraumatic growth among Turkish older adults with diabetes [Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care]
Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care. 2018; 1(2): 55-63 | DOI: 10.5505/jaltc.2018.36844  

Posttraumatic growth among Turkish older adults with diabetes

Emre Senol-Durak, Mithat Durak
Arts and Science Faculty, Department of Psychology, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey

Diabetes is one of the well-known chronic disorder affects older adults life dramatically. Psychological effects of diabetic patients have been mentioned in several studies that highlight negative psychological consequences on patients. However, chronic disorders like diabetes are also related to several positive psychological changes. One of the positive changes, posttraumatic growth has been mentioned in literature as increase positive life view, changes in social relationships, engage in purposeful life activities, be aware of life worth after experiencing life changes such as suffering from a chronic illness, diabetes. The aim of the present study is to investigate possible associations among socio-demographic variables, perceived social support, cognitive processing and posttraumatic growth among diabetic older adults. Data were collected from diabetic older adults (N= 191) living in Turkey. Results revealed that a higher number of children, being outpatient and higher dietary adherence were associated with the PTG. After controlling the effect of socio-demographic variables, treatment-related variables, perceived social support received from family, and avoidance dimension of cognitive processing were significantly related with posttraumatic growth. Results were discussed in the sample of older adults.

Keywords: Posttraumatic growth, cognitive processing, perceived social support, social support from family, avoidance, and a number of children


Emre Senol-Durak, Mithat Durak. Posttraumatic growth among Turkish older adults with diabetes. Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care. 2018; 1(2): 55-63

Corresponding Author: Emre Senol-Durak, Türkiye


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