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Motivations for Insulin Misuse Among Women with Disordered Eating and Type 1 Diabetes

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dc.contributor.advisor Sheeshka, Judy
dc.contributor.advisor Preyde, Michele Tyo, Robyn Ann 2013-07-22T19:28:16Z 2013-07-22T19:28:16Z 2013-06 2013-06-25 2013-07-22
dc.description.abstract The present study assessed participants’ motivations for misusing insulin using phenomenological analysis and risk theory. Eleven women with type 1 diabetes were interviewed and asked to discuss body image, their experiences with adjusting to type 1 diabetes, and their particular insulin misuse behaviour. Nine women misused insulin for body image and weight concerns, as a result of diabetes burnout, or a combination of these factors. The majority of participants had poor body image at the time of insulin misuse, and reported feeling more confident following weight loss related to misusing insulin. The opinions of family, friends, and health care providers were, generally, not influential on the women’s self-care behaviour. The perceived benefits of insulin misuse (i.e. weight loss and improved body image) were deemed more important than both short-term and long-term health. Participants in this study did not consider themselves to be at risk of developing diabetes-related complications in the short-term, and this belief appeared to foster their continued insulin misuse. There is a need for health care providers to recognize the signs of insulin misuse behaviour and offer resources where available. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as supporter of the Ontario Women's Health Scholar Award en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject diabetes en_US
dc.subject disordered eating en_US
dc.subject insulin misuse en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.subject phenomenology en_US
dc.subject perception of risk en_US
dc.title Motivations for Insulin Misuse Among Women with Disordered Eating and Type 1 Diabetes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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