Diabetes type 2 is a common chronic illness. There are individual variations in how diabetes type 2 patients deal with their illness and the physical, mental and social limitations associated with it. This study aimed 1) to examine whether there is an association between resilience and subjective well-being in adults with diabetes type 2, and 2) to explore patient-reported factors associated with resilience. A mixed-methods cross-sectional design was used for this study. A questionnaire, including one resilience measure (Brief Resilience Scale) and two subjective well-being measures (Satisfaction With Life Scale, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule), was administered to 71 Dutch adults with diabetes type 2, twelve of whom subsequently participated in semi-structured interviews. Resilience was positively associated with life satisfaction and positive affect, and negatively associated with negative affect. The three major themes identified in the interviews were: positive attitudes towards diabetes, being in control, and supportive interactions. Although the findings suggest that there is a link between resilience and subjective well-being in adults with diabetes type 2, additional research is required to enable causal inference as well as to assess mediating factors.
|Translated title of the contribution||The relationship between resilience and subjective wellbeing in adults with diabetes type 2|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|