Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos

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PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship between Spanish language-based acculturation, psychosocial coping with diabetes, and perceptions of social support obtainment for the daily management of diabetes. METHODS Adults (N = 209) were surveyed by telephone about Hispanic ethnicity, depressed mood (PHQ-8), anxiety and worry over(More)
PURPOSE Adults hospitalized with diabetes are likely to have multiple comorbid conditions contributing to suboptimal health-related quality of life. The purpose of this study was to survey urban, very low-income, hospitalized adults with diabetes about disease severity, anticipated disease trajectory, and self-rated health-related quality of life. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to develop a means to assess recollections of a family member's diabetes self-care behavior and to assess the relationships to a participant's own self-care behavior. Assessing recollections of a family member's self-care behavior may provide insight into what patients learn from family members with diabetes. METHODS(More)
The effect of multigenerational legacies of diabetes on health beliefs and behaviors was explored. Diabetic participants (N = 123) with family histories of diabetes responded to survey questions about their own diabetes self-care behavior, illness representation (including consequences and controllability of diabetes), recollection of a family member's(More)
PURPOSE This article proposes a framework for understanding multigenerational legacies of diabetes, which will assist with designing educational interventions for individuals with a known family history of type 2 diabetes. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE Diabetes is a chronic illness that has an associated hereditary predisposition. Family members at risk in(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of having a family member who experienced an amputation on one's own perceived risk and fear of experiencing a diabetes-related amputation. METHODS This was a descriptive cross-sectional study using paper-and-pencil surveys by mail. Adults with type 2 diabetes and a family history of(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to estimate the benefit of using a cultural characteristics scale to help diabetes educators understand how African Americans cope with diabetes. Illness representations are influenced by culture. Race and ethnicity as a proxy for culture provides an incomplete understanding of the mechanism by which cultural values(More)
PURPOSE Although all certified diabetes educators have been required to have specific clinical training in a health discipline, graduate programs in diabetes education are relatively rare. The purpose of this article is to describe the development of a different approach to educating diabetes educators: an interdisciplinary graduate degree in diabetes(More)