Coping, self-management, and adaptation in adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Sarah S. Jaser, Melissa S. Faulkner, Robin Whittemore, Sangchoon Jeon, Alan Delamater, Margaret Grey, K. Murphy

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Background Adolescents with type 1 diabetes experience stress related to treatment management, feeling different from peers, and deciding to tell others about their diabetes. Purpose This study examined the relationship of stress reactivity and coping with self-management, quality of life, and metabolic control in an ethnically diverse sample of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Methods Adolescents (n0327) completed measures of coping and stress reactivity, self-management, and quality of life. Glycosylated hemoglobin data were collected from medical records. Results Low-income and minority status were related to lower levels of primary control coping (e.g., problem solving) and secondary control coping (e.g., acceptance), and higher levels of disengagement coping (e.g., avoidance). Self-management mediated the relationship between coping and stress reactivity with quality of life and metabolic control. Race/ethnicity and income moderated the relationship between coping and self-management goals. Conclusions Results indicate differences in coping related to income and race/ethnicity and demonstrate the impact of coping on self-management and health outcomes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-319
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Coping
  • Diabetes
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine(all)


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