An examination of how adolescent-caregiver dyad illness representations relate to adolescents reported diabetes self-management
Child: Care, Health, and Development, 05/02/2012
Gaston AM et al. – This study emphasizes the important role of significant others illness representations in adolescent self–management of diabetes.
Fifty-five adolescents between 12 and 16 years of age were asked to complete the Diabetes Illness Representation Questionnaire and Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Activities Questionnaire.
Their primary caregivers were asked to complete a caregivers' version of the Diabetes Illness Representation Questionnaire.
Caregivers believed diabetes to be more chronic, to have a more negative impact, pose more of a threat to adolescents' health and believed more strongly in the effectiveness of treatment than did adolescents.
Caregivers' representations about the impact of diabetes and the ability of treatment to prevent future complications were related to adolescents' dietary self-management.
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