The Role of Psychological Factors and Metabolic Control in Adolescents with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus: Research Portfolio

Walker, Audrey J (1995) The Role of Psychological Factors and Metabolic Control in Adolescents with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus: Research Portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This study examines the importance of five psychosocial factors; duration and pubertal status in metabolic control, in adolescents with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Four objectives were identified: a) To determine the group differences between metabolic control and the psychosocial and demographic variables. b) To determine if age of onset reflected any differences in terms of the psychosocial and demographic variables. c) To determine the effects of pubertal status in terms of the variables. d) To compare the self-esteem in this group of adolescents with diabetes to the Scottish norms. Sixty-one subjects between the ages of 12-16 currently attending an adolescent diabetic clinic participated in the study. Each young person was interviewed along with one of their parents and completed a number of questionnaires. Perceived behaviour provided a significant group difference in metabolic control (p=0.03) and a trend effect of parental involvement (p=0.09). Age of onset provided a significant, and non linear, main effect with knowledge about diabetes (p=0.02) and metabolic control (p=0.004). While pubertal status had a significant main effect on the self-esteem subscale of appearance (p=0.006). A trend effect, was found between age of onset of diabetes and the "sociability" subscale of the self-esteem measure (p=0.07).

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Christine Puckering
Keywords: Clinical psychology, Physiological psychology
Date of Award: 1995
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1995-74839
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 15:54
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 15:54
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/74839

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