Background: In the present study the authors evaluated the relationship between personality traits (according to DSM-III-R) and poor metabolic control in an adult onset insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus sample (n = 77). Methods: Personality traits were assessed with the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire - Revised. Metabolic control was evaluated through glycosilated hemoglobin (HbA1c): poor metabolic control was defined as HbA1c ≤ 9% (normal values <6.0%). Results: Principal Component Analysis revealed three personality profiles: 'Cluster A/C Mixed', 'Cluster B Dependent' and 'Cluster B Aggressive'. Oneway ANCOVA, using sex as covariate, revealed a significant association (p = 0.01) only between poor metabolic control and Cluster B Dependent profile. No correlation was found between HbA1c and the other profiles. Conclusion: These data suggest that a specific personality profile is associated with poor metabolic control.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1997|
- Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
- Metabolic control
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