Social support and personal models of diabetes as predictors of self-care and well-being: a longitudinal study of adolescents with diabetes
Skinner, T. Chas, John, Mary and Hampson, Sarah E. (2000) Social support and personal models of diabetes as predictors of self-care and well-being: a longitudinal study of adolescents with diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 25, (4), 257-267.
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Objectives: To examine whether peer support and illness representation mediate the link between family support, self-management and well-being.
Method: Fifty-two adolescents (12-18 years old) with Type I diabetes were recruited and followed over 6 months, completing assessments of self-management, well-being, and social support.
Results: Perceived impact of diabetes and supportive family and friends were prospectively predictive of participants' well-being measures. Although support from family and friends was predictive of better dietary self-care, this relationship was mediated by personal model beliefs. In particular, beliefs about the effectiveness of the diabetes treatment regimen to control diabetes was predictive of better dietary self-care.
Conclusions: Both friends and family are important to support adolescents as they live with and manage their diabetes. Personal models of diabetes are important determinants of both dietary self-care and well-being. In addition, personal models may serve to mediate the relationship between social support and dietary behavior.
|Keywords:||diabetes, adolescents, depression, anxiety, well-being, self-care, adherence, social support, illness representations, family, friends, peers, personal models|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Superseded - please use new divisions
|Date Deposited:||24 Jan 2006|
|Last Modified:||25 Apr 2013 10:22|
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