Maternal parenting style and adjustment in adolescents with type I diabetes

Jorie M. Butler, Michelle Skinner, Donna Gelfand, Cynthia A. Berg, Deborah J. Wiebe

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Objective: To investigate the cross-sectional relationship between maternal parenting style and indicators of well-being among adolescents with diabetes. Methods: Seventy-eight adolescents (ages 11.58-17.42 years, M = 14.21) with type 1 diabetes and their mothers separately reported perceptions of maternal parenting style. Adolescents reported their own depressed mood, self-efficacy for managing diabetes, and diabetes regimen adherence. Results: Adolescents' perceptions of maternal psychological control were associated with greater depressed mood regardless of age and gender. Firm control was strongly associated with greater depressed mood and poorer self-efficacy among older adolescents, less strongly among younger adolescents. Adolescents' perceptions of maternal acceptance were associated with less depressed mood, particularly for girls and with better self-efficacy for diabetes management, particularly for older adolescents and girls. Maternal reports of acceptance were associated only with adherence. Conclusions: Maternal parenting style is associated with well-being in adolescents with diabetes, but this association is complex and moderated by age and gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1227-1237
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2007


  • Adolescence
  • Childhood illness
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Parenting style
  • Self-efficacy
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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