Journal article

Psychosocial and family functioning in children with insulin-dependent diabetes at diagnosis and one year later

E Northam, P Anderson, R Adler, G Werther, G Warne

Journal of Pediatric Psychology | PLENUM PUBL CORP | Published : 1996

Abstract

Examined the initial impact and subsequent adjustment to the diagnosis of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Children between 1 and 14 years of age and their families were assessed several weeks after diagnosis and again a year later using standardized measures of child behavior, parental mental health, and family functioning. Immediately after diagnosis, the children and both parents exhibited mild symptoms of psychological distress but these had largely resolved at 12-month follow-up. The impact of IDDM diagnosis on family functioning varied with informant, SES, and the age of the child, with an overall tendency for families to become less flexible over the year. Findings suggest ..

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