Examining discrepancies between actual and desired communal coping with type 2 diabetes

Erin D. Basinger, John P. Caughlin, Ningxin Wang

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Type 2 diabetes has deleterious physiological, psychological, and relational effects both on people living with diabetes (PLWD) and on their family members. We employed the communal coping model to investigate whether coping alongside family members was advantageous. Specifically, PLWD (n = 213) and family members of PLWD (n = 208) completed an online survey assessing their coping responses and a variety of diabetes-related outcomes (i.e., depressive symptoms, relationship satisfaction, and self-care). Generally, results indicated that more communal coping was beneficial. However, a second goal of this study was to examine discrepancies between levels of actual communal coping and desired communal coping, and the findings from these analyses add nuance to the generally held belief that more communal coping is always better.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-564
Number of pages27
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • communal coping
  • discrepancies
  • response surface modeling
  • type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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