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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Psychological Effects of Type 1 Diabetes on Adolescents and Young Adults

The purpose of this study is to examine the psychological effects of diabetes on adolescents and young adults who have Type 1 diabetes. Choosing to use a meta-analysis, the researchers operationally define adolescents and young adults according to Erik Erikson who defines adolescence as those aged 12-18 and young adults as those aged 19-35. Therefore, this study focuses on twelve to thirty-five year olds who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The results showed that adolescents and young adults with Type 1 diabetes thought about their health and illness more frequently, rated their health more poorly, had a higher incidence of negative emotional problems, and showed a higher incidence of poor peer relations than their non-diabetic peers. However, further investigation is needed to decipher whether psychosocial factors, the disease etiology, or both influences the psychological well being of adolescents or young adults with Type 1 diabetes.

Presenters: Lauren Ancone (Undergraduate Student)
Lyndsey Anderson (Undergraduate Student)
Carrie Williams (Undergraduate Student)
James Sztaba (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: Fireside Lounge, Seymour Union
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)