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Psychological and Family Characteristics of Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes

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dc.contributor.advisor McCormick, Anita S. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Ash, Michael en_US
dc.creator Mireles, Gerardo en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-19T15:30:50Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-22T18:01:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-19T15:30:50Z en_US
dc.date.created 2012-08 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-10-19 en_US
dc.date.submitted August 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/ETD-TAMU-2012-08-11757 en_US
dc.description.abstract Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is now increasingly diagnosed in children and adolescents at an alarming rate, especially in youth from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Youth diagnosed with T2DM and their families face many challenges associated with the illness and its complications. Given that the prevalence of T2DM in youth is a recent trend, most of the studies examining T2DM have been conducted with adults. The current study expands the literature base of youth with T2DM by collecting demographic and clinical data of youth with T2DM and their families. Regression analyses were used to investigate the relationship among youth's executive function, their body mass index (BMI) and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level. Furthermore, the study analyzed the relationship among depressive symptoms and health related quality of life (HRQOL) in youth, and the role of family members in sharing of tasks related to T2DM care and the youth's HRQOL. Results of this study demonstrated that executive function does not predict a youth's HbA1c, nor their BMI. Interestingly, one of the more significant findings to emerge from this study is that youth's rating of their ability to adjust to changes in routine or task demands and their ability to modulate emotions significantly correlated with their BMI. Results also demonstrated that HbA1c does not mediate the relationship between depressive symptoms and HRQOL, nor the relationship between the family sharing of responsibilities related to T2DM tasks and HRQOL. Future research examining the relationship among psychological and family characteristics can aid the development of diabetes prevention and treatment management. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject type 2 diabetes en_US
dc.subject depression en_US
dc.subject health related quality of life en_US
dc.subject family sharing of tasks en_US
dc.title Psychological and Family Characteristics of Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.department Educational Psychology en_US
thesis.degree.discipline School Psychology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Texas A&M University en_US
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Willson, Victor en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Heffer, Robert en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Anderson, Barbara J. en_US
dc.type.genre thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
local.embargo.terms 2014-10-22 en_US
local.embargo.lift 2014-10-22


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