Maternal trait anxiety and diabetes control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Linda D. Cameron, Marie J. Young, Deborah J. Wiebe

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Objective: To examine the relationship of maternal trait anxiety with diabetes regulation among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Methods: Adolescents and their mothers completed surveys assessing trait anxiety, maternal involvement in diabetes care, adolescent management skills, autonomous motivations, mood state, and absenteeism due to diabetes. HbA 1c readings, used to assess metabolic control, were obtained from medical records. Results: Trait-anxious mothers reported taking more responsibility for diabetes management tasks and perceived their adolescents as having poorer management skills. Adolescents with high-anxious mothers reported stronger beliefs that their mothers had high control over their diabetes and their parents were over-protective. For younger adolescents, maternal trait anxiety was associated with higher HbA 1c levels and greater absenteeism. For older adolescents, maternal trait anxiety was associated with lower autonomous motivations for diabetes care and lower positive affect. Conclusions: Interventions for adolescents with diabetes may benefit from addressing these maternal anxiety dynamics in ways that improve diabetes control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-744
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Adolescence
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic control
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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