The impact of Protection Motivation Theory grounded messaging on diabetes prevention behaviours following Gestational Diabetes
Master of Science
Foods and Nutrition
Dr. Isabelle Giroux
Women diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (GDM) are more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM). Despite this risk, few women are engaging in diabetes prevention behaviours. Methods: The Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) was employed to design and evaluate a post-GDM diabetes prevention information session. The utility of this theory in predicting intentions and diabetes prevention behaviours was assessed using regression analysis. Results: Two of the four PMT variables, response efficacy and self efficacy were found to be consistent predictors of intention across most of the recommended behaviours, accounting for between 25% and 77% of the variance in intention. Intention was a less robust predictor of behaviour in this study than observed in the majority of PMT research. Conclusion: The results of this study support the use of diabetes prevention interventions that build self efficacy and help bridge the apparent intention-behaviour gap in women with a recent history of GDM.
Jacob, Jennifer M., "The impact of Protection Motivation Theory grounded messaging on diabetes prevention behaviours following Gestational Diabetes" (2013). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 1187.
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