Parent-adolescent dyads: association of parental autonomy support and parent-adolescent shared diabetes care responsibility

Child: Care, Health, and Development, 04/17/2012

Hanna KM et al. – Increasing parental autonomy support may facilitate parent–adolescent sharing of diabetes care responsibility. Adolescent and parent perceptions influence each other and need to be considered when working with them to strengthen parental autonomy support.


  • Path analysis was used to test an Actor–Partner Interdependence Model for parental autonomy support effects on shared responsibility.
  • This was a secondary analysis of data from 89 parent–early/mid-adolescent dyads.


  • Actor effects were identified. Parents' and adolescents' perceptions of parental autonomy support were associated with their respective reports of shared diabetes care responsibility.
  • One partner effect was identified. Adolescents' reports of parental autonomy support were associated with parents' reports of shared responsibility.
  • Parents and adolescents held similar views of autonomy support but discrepant views of shared responsibility.
  • Older adolescents perceived less parental autonomy support.

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