Adolescent diabetes management and mismanagement

J. Weissberg-Benchell*, A. M. Glasgow, W. D. Tynan, P. Wirtz, J. Turek, J. Ward

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OBJECTIVE - To document the existence and prevalence of adolescent- generated diabetes management techniques. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - One hundred forty-four adolescents completed the confidential questionnaire developed for this study, Glycohemoglobin was also obtained for each individual. RESULTS - Within the 10 days before their clinic visit, many adolescents admitted to engaging in various mismanagement behaviors, with 25% admitting to missing shots. Parents tend to underestimate adolescent mismanagement. Missing shots was significantly related to poor control (P < 0.01). Older adolescents engaged in more mismanagement than their younger cohorts (P < 0.001). The questionnaire factored into two subscales: blatant mismanagement and faking. CONCLUSIONS - This study shows the importance of recognizing the prevalence of mismanagement among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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