“My problems aren’t their fault”: Mexican American women managing diabetes while caring for grandchildren

Aliria Muñoz Rascón, Marylyn M. McEwen, Janice D. Crist

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Abstract

Diabetes affects many aspects of family life for the Mexican American (MA) population. Caregiving grandmothers, the traditional family nurturers, are often simultaneously managing their type 2 diabetes (T2DM). The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe the perceptions of MA grandmothers managing T2DM while caring for a grandchild. Eight participants were interviewed. Participants consistently reported feeling a personal responsibility for their T2DM self-management as well as for the health and wellbeing of their families, including their grandchildren. Regardless of associated caregiving stress, grandchildren were described as the main source of positive motivation for T2DM self-management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • caregivers
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • grandparents
  • intergenerational relations
  • Mexican Americans
  • type 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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