One subscale was used for the IDEATel assessment, a 10-item emotional burden subscale, used as a measure of diabetes-related distress, with higher scores connoting more diabetes-related distress.
Upstate IDEATel participants at contributing study sites (over approximately a 1-yr period) who indicated that they were married, or partnered and cohabiting for more than 1 yr, were approached to participate in this ancillary study at the time of IDEATel consent; this was a group of N = 337 individuals.
IDEATel baseline and outcome data were provided for all subjects enrolled in this ancillary study in the upstate region of the IDEATel study.
We performed a series of independent analyses to determine whether marital quality prospectively predicted medical and psychosocial IDEATel outcomes (see Table 3).
To begin to explore this area, one must understand the social context of the IDEATel intervention.