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Project Title

Family-Based Diabetes Self-Management Training for African American Adults

Funding Dates



Family PALSThe overall goal of of the project was to evaluate, in a randomized controlled trial, a 20-week family-based diabetes self-management intervention for overweight/obese African American adults with type 2 diabetes (the “index participants”) and a paired overweight family member (co-participant) who does not have diabetes. The primary outcome was weight change in the index participant. Given the early stage of the research and the importance of testing a culturally specific intervention, the project included 2 formative aims that preceded and informed the family-based intervention. They included a validation study among 215 African Americans with diabetes to assess the construct validity and reliability of family interaction surveys. Qualitative data from 8 focus groups with both patients with diabetes and family members were used to refine the intervention.

Research Areas 

Cardiovascular Health, Obesity, and Diabetes

Principal Investigator

Carmen Samuel Hodge, PhD, RD


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases