Parental Negative Affect and Adolescent Efficacy for Diabetes Management

Jorie M. Butler, Cynthia A. Berg, Pamela King, Donna Gelfand, Katherine Fortenberry, Carol Foster, Deborah Wiebe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations


The authors investigated whether parental perceptions of adolescent efficacy are colored by parental negative affect and are associated with adolescents' self-perceptions of efficacy for diabetes management. Adolescents (n = 183, M age = 12.53) with Type 1 diabetes and their mothers and fathers separately reported perceptions of adolescents' efficacy for diabetes management and parents reported their own negative affect (depressed mood and trait anxiety). glycosolated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels were obtained from medical records. The results indicated that parental negative affect was associated with parental perceptions of poorer adolescent efficacy beyond the association of HbA1c scores. The relationship between fathers' negative affect and adolescents' self-efficacy was mediated by fathers' perceptions of adolescent efficacy. The results suggest that parental negative affect may negatively color their views of adolescents' efficacy and, in the case of fathers' beliefs, may relate to adolescent self-efficacy. Parental negative affect should be considered when evaluating perceptions of adolescents' efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • adolescent efficacy
  • cognitive biases
  • diabetes
  • parental negative affect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Parental Negative Affect and Adolescent Efficacy for Diabetes Management'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this