Medical College of Wisconsin
CTSICores SearchResearch InformaticsREDCap

Beliefs and attitudes of African Americans with type 2 diabetes toward depression. Diabetes Educ 2002 Mar-Apr;28(2):258-68 PMID: 11924303

Pubmed ID



PURPOSE: This qualitative study was conducted with African Americans with type 2 diabetes to explore beliefs and attitudes about depression.

METHODS: Twenty-five adults participated in 4 focus groups. The sessions were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. The Health Belief Model was used as a theoretical framework for the design and analysis of the focus group data.

RESULTS: Five themes pertinent to depression management emerged: (1) There were misconceptions about the etiology of depression and individual vulnerability to depression. (2) Depression was perceived as severe. (3) Treatment was perceived as beneficial. (4) Stigma was a significant barrier to seeking treatment. (5) Cues to action did not appear to change beliefs.

CONCLUSIONS: Despite awareness about the severity of depression and benefits of treatment, several barriers and erroneous beliefs may interfere with the ability of African Americans with type 2 diabetes to seek and adhere to treatment for depression.

Author List

Egede LE


Leonard E. Egede MD Center Director, Chief, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin


2-s2.0-0036516254   26 Citations

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

African Americans
Attitude to Health
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Southeastern United States
jenkins-FCD Prod-353 9ccd8489072cb19f5b9f808bb23ed672c582f41e