Title

Comparison of adolescents with and without diabetes on indices of psychosocial functioning for three years.

Date of Original Version

8-1-2007

Type

Article

PubMed ID

17426042

Abstract or Description

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether diabetes is associated with psychosocial difficulties over the transition to adolescence.

METHODS: We compared adolescents with diabetes (n = 132) with a healthy comparison group (n = 131) on indices of psychosocial functioning for 3 years. We interviewed both groups annually and had one parent complete a questionnaire.

RESULTS: There were no group differences in depressive symptoms, anxiety, anger, or behavioral problems. However, adolescents with diabetes showed greater declines in social acceptance compared with healthy adolescents, and a greater rise in disturbed eating behavior. Over time, depressive symptoms and anxiety increased and self-worth decreased for females but not males; however, these differences were not qualified by group

CONCLUSIONS: Diabetes is not associated with indicators of psychological distress from early to middle adolescence, but may be associated with the emergence of social difficulties and eating disturbances. Gender differences in psychological distress emerged, replicating past research.

DOI

10.1093/jpepsy/jsm020

 

Published In

Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 7, 794-806.