Deborah J. Toobert

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Investigated the personal models of diabetes held by 46 female outpatients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. The subjects' mean age was 64 years (range = 46 to 79 years), and 24 subjects were taking insulin. Their personal models were explored by using a comprehensive interview including questions on beliefs and emotions about cause, symptoms,(More)
BACKGROUND Pedometers offer researchers a convenient and inexpensive tool for objective measurement of physical activity. However, many unanswered questions remain about expected values for steps/day for different populations, sources of variation in the data, and reliability of pedometer measurements. METHODS This study documented and compared mean(More)
There is great interest in, but few instruments to assess, multiple levels of support and community resources from a social-ecological perspective. This study evaluated the psychometric characteristics of the Chronic Illness Resources Survey (CIRS) and its sensitivity to a multifaceted social-ecological intervention to enhance personally relevant community(More)
BACKGROUND Increased access to the Internet and the availability of efficacious eHealth interventions offer great promise for assisting adults with diabetes to change and maintain health behaviors. A key concern is whether levels of engagement in Internet programs are sufficient to promote and sustain behavior change. OBJECTIVE This paper used automated(More)
OBJECTIVE To reduce health disparities, behavioral health interventions must reach subcultural groups and demonstrate effectiveness in improving their health behaviors and outcomes. One approach to developing such health interventions is to culturally adapt original evidence-based interventions. The goals of the article are to (a) describe consensus on the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate associations between psychosocial and social-environmental variables and diabetes self-management, and diabetes control. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Baseline data from a type 2 diabetes self-management randomized trial with 463 adults having elevated BMI (M = 34.8 kg/m(2)) were used to investigate relations among demographic,(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple-risk-factor interventions offer a promising means for addressing the complex interactions between lifestyle behaviors, psychosocial factors, and the social environment. This report examines the long-term effects of a multiple-risk-factor intervention. METHODS Postmenopausal women (N = 279) with type 2 diabetes participated in the(More)
This study assessed the relationship between diabetes-specific social learning factors and diabetes self-care. Predictor variables were collected within the categories of knowledge (e.g., behavioral demonstrations, pencil-and-paper tests), beliefs/expectations (e.g., self-efficacy, self-motivation), skills (e.g., problem-solving and refusal skills), and(More)
A study was conducted to determine if an intervention could change social support and social-ecological resources of post-menopausal women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and if those changes mediated the intervention's effects on health behaviors and outcomes. Women (N = 279) were randomly assigned to receive a comprehensive 6-month Mediterranean Lifestyle(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to accumulate behavioral validity evidence for physical activity Stage of Change (SOC). DESIGN Nine studies used a common physical activity SOC measure and examined self-report, objective, and performance physical activity indicators to accumulate behavioral validity evidence for SOC. Type of measure, the strength(More)