Relationship between parent-adolescent communication and parent involvement in adolescent Type 1 diabetes management, parent/family wellbeing and glycaemic control.

BENSON, Ailbhe, RAWDON, Caroline, TUOHY, Ella, MURPHY, Nuala, MCDONNELL, Ciara, SWALLOW, Veronica, GALLAGHER, Pamela and LAMBERT, Veronica (2023). Relationship between parent-adolescent communication and parent involvement in adolescent Type 1 diabetes management, parent/family wellbeing and glycaemic control. Chronic illness.

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Abstract

Objectives

This study investigated the relationship between parent-reported degree of openness and extent of problems in parent-adolescent communication and parent involvement in adolescent Type 1 diabetes management, parent and family wellbeing and adolescent glycaemic control.

Methods

A cross-sectional quantitative survey was conducted. Parents completed measures of parent-adolescent communication, parent monitoring of diabetes care, diabetes family responsibility, parent knowledge of diabetes care, parent activation, parent diabetes distress, and diabetes family conflict.

Results

In total, 146 parents/guardians (121 mothers, mean age 46.56 years, SD 5.18) of adolescents aged 11-17 years (mean age 13.9 years, SD 1.81) with Type 1 diabetes completed the survey. Open parent-adolescent communication was significantly correlated to adolescents' voluntarily disclosing diabetes-specific information to their parents more frequently, increased parental knowledge of their adolescent's diabetes care completion, parents feeling more capable and willing to take action in relation to their adolescent's diabetes health, lower levels of diabetes-related parental distress, less diabetes-specific family conflict, and optimal glycaemic control.

Discussion

Parent-adolescent communication has an important role to play in Type 1 diabetes healthcare management and psychosocial wellbeing during adolescence. Optimising open parent-adolescent communication represents a potentially useful target for interventional research and should be considered by healthcare professionals during healthcare encounters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronic illness; diabetes mellitus; type 1; adolescence; communication; parents; Chronic illness; adolescence; communication; diabetes mellitus; parents; type 1; 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; Public Health; 3202 Clinical sciences; 4206 Public health
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/17423953231184423
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2023 09:35
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023 12:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32196

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