Effectiveness of groups for adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus and their parents

Jessica C. Kichler, Astrida S. Kaugars, Patricia Marik, Laura Nabors, Ramin Alemzadeh

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Peer-and family-based group therapies have been used as separate interventions to improve adjustment and self-management among youth with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. This study replicates a treatment protocol that combined these two types of diabetes management groups, while also using a wait-list control design methodology within an outpatient mental health clinic setting. General psychosocial and diabetes-related variables were assessed at baseline, immediately posttreatment, and 4 months posttreatment. Youths' medical information, including metabolic control values, was extracted from medical charts for the 6 months prior to baseline and 6 months after treatment ended. At 4 months posttreatment, parents and youth reported increased parent responsibility, and parents reported improved youth diabetes-specific quality of life. Although there were no statistically significant changes in hemoglobin A1c values and health care utilization frequency from 6 months prior to and 6 months posttreatment, other psychosocial changes (i.e., increases in parent responsibility and diabetes-specific quality of life) were documented. Therefore, this treatment was found to be a promising intervention for use in an outpatient clinical setting to aid in improving the psychosocial functioning of youth with Type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-293
Number of pages14
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Parents
Outpatients
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Quality of Life
Social Adjustment
Self Care
Clinical Protocols
Group Psychotherapy
Mental Health
Hemoglobins
Therapeutics

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  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Effectiveness of groups for adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus and their parents. / Kichler, Jessica C.; Kaugars, Astrida S.; Marik, Patricia; Nabors, Laura; Alemzadeh, Ramin.

In: Families, Systems and Health, Vol. 31, No. 3, 01.01.2013, p. 280-293.

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Kichler, Jessica C. ; Kaugars, Astrida S. ; Marik, Patricia ; Nabors, Laura ; Alemzadeh, Ramin. / Effectiveness of groups for adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus and their parents. In: Families, Systems and Health. 2013 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 280-293.
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