Autonomy support and responsibility-sharing predict blood glucose monitoring frequency among youth with diabetes.

Yelena P. Wu, Joseph Rausch, Jennifer M. Rohan, Korey K. Hood, Jennifer S. Pendley, Alan Delamater, Dennis Drotar

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Abstract

Adolescence poses a number of special challenges for youth and their families managing the Type 1 diabetes medical regimen. Little is known on how family and youth factors and management of the regimen change over the course of early adolescence and predict adherence to the regimen during this developmental period. Youth with Type 1 diabetes (n = 239) and their maternal caregivers completed measures of diabetes-specific autonomy support, diabetes-related family conflict, regimen responsibility, and blood glucose monitoring frequency (BGMF) at 4 timepoints over a 3-year period. Autonomy support and BGMF significantly decreased over time and responsibility for the diabetes regimen shifted from the caregiver toward youth over time. Significant changes in perceived family conflict over time differed depending on the reporter. Baseline BGMF, changes in caregiver autonomy support, and changes in responsibility for the regimen significantly predicted changes in BGMF over time. This study documents changes in autonomy support, youth responsibility for the diabetes regimen, and BGMF during the transition into early adolescence. Higher levels of caregiver autonomy support preserve BGMF during a developmental period in which BGMF typically deteriorates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1224-1231
Number of pages8
JournalHealth psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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