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Taking the Biscuit? A Discursive Approach to Managing Diet in Type 2 Diabetes

Peel, Elizabeth, Parry, O., Douglas, M. and Lawton, J. (2005) Taking the Biscuit? A Discursive Approach to Managing Diet in Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology, 10 (6). pp. 779-791. ISSN 1359-1053

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Adopting and maintaining a healthy diet is pivotal to diabetic regimens. Behavioural research has focused on strategies to modify/maintain healthy behaviours; thus compliance and noncompliance are operationalized by researchers. In contrast, discursive psychology focuses on the actions different accounts accomplish in this case regarding diets. Using thematic discourse analysis, we examine dietary management talk in repeat-interviews with 40 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients. Women in our study tended to construct dietary practices as an individual concern, while men presented food consumption as a family matter. Participants accounted for ?cheating? in complex ways that aim to accomplish, for instance, a compliant identity. Discursive psychology may facilitate fluidity in our understandings of dietary management, and challenge fixed notions of compliant and non-compliant diabetes patients.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: compliance, diabetic regimen, diet, discourse analysis, type 2 diabetes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Peel
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 15:54
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:00

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