Adolescent disclosure to parents and daily management of type 1 diabetes

Cynthia A. Berg, Tara Queen, Jonathan E. Butner, Sara L. Turner, Amy Hughes Lansing, Alexandra Main, Jessica H. Anderson, Brian C. Thoma, Joel B. Winnick, Deborah J. Wiebe

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Objective To examine how adolescents' daily disclosure to parents about type 1 diabetes management may foster a process whereby parents gain knowledge and are viewed as helpful in ways that may aid diabetes management. Methods A total of 236 late adolescents (M age = 17.76) completed a 14-day diary where they reported daily disclosure to, and solicitation from, their parents, how knowledgeable and helpful parents were, and their self-regulation failures and adherence; blood glucose was gathered from meters. Results Multilevel models revealed that adolescent disclosure occurred in the context of greater parent solicitation and face-to-face contact and was positively associated with adolescents' perceptions of parental knowledge and helpfulness. Disclosure to mothers (but not to fathers) was associated with better diabetes management (fewer self-regulation failures, better adherence). Conclusions Adolescent disclosure may be an important way that parents remain knowledgeable about diabetes management and provide assistance that serves to support diabetes management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Adolescents
  • Diabetes
  • Family functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • General Medicine
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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