Type-1 Diabetes, Gender and Technology: Exploring Lived Experiences

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Creator: 

Born, Alexandra Alice Sophia

Date: 

2014

Abstract: 

This thesis explores the experiences of women living with type-1 diabetes who use diabetes technology in Ontario. The thesis also looks at the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and how women use the DOC to interact with other type-1 diabetics, access information and blog about their experiences of type-1 diabetes. The research methodology consisted of 9 in-depth interviews with women who have type-1 diabetes who use some type of diabetes technology: insulin pump, Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), and/or applications. Participants described how the body was rendered more present with the insulin
pump and Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), compared to other diabetes regimens. Participants faced a number of challenges after diagnosis that ranged from dealing with stigma, to the mental health implications associated with type-1 diabetes management. The goal of good diabetes control is woven throughout participants’ narratives.

Subject: 

Medical and Forensic Anthropology
Women's Studies

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Women's and Gender Studies

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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