Habit strength as a moderator of the association between symptoms of poor mental health and unintentional non-adherence to oral hypoglycemic medication in adults with type 2 diabetes.

TitleHabit strength as a moderator of the association between symptoms of poor mental health and unintentional non-adherence to oral hypoglycemic medication in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBurns RJ, Deschênes SS, Knäuper B, Schmitz N
JournalJ Health Psychol
Pagination1359105316674269
Date Published2016 Oct 01
ISSN1461-7277
Abstract

This study tested if habit strength for taking oral hypoglycemic medication moderated the association between poor mental health symptoms (i.e. depressive symptoms, diabetes distress) and unintentional non-adherence in 790 adults with type 2 diabetes. Data were cross-sectional. A habit strength × depressive symptom interaction was observed. Depressive symptoms were negatively associated with adherence if habit was weak or of average strength; no association was observed if habit was strong. A similar interaction emerged when diabetes distress was examined. Results suggest that habit strength might operate as a buffer in the association between poor mental health symptoms and medication adherence.

DOI10.1177/1359105316674269
Alternate JournalJ Health Psychol
PubMed ID28810360

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