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J Pediatr Psychol. 2011 Mar;36(2):196-205. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsq071. Epub 2010 Aug 24.

From caregiver psychological distress to adolescent glycemic control: the mediating role of perceived burden around diabetes management.

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  • 1Center for Treatment Adherence, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center MLC 7039, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine whether perceived caregiver burden around diabetes management mediated the relationship between caregivers' psychological distress and adolescents' glycemic control.

METHODS:

Across three visits spanning 9 months, caregivers of 147 adolescents with type 1 diabetes completed measures of anxiety and depressive symptoms and a measure of perceived burden specific to diabetes management. Adolescents' glycemic control was also measured.

RESULTS:

Perceived burden mediated the relationship between caregiver depressive symptoms and adolescents' glycemic control. The overall model was significant, F(10,132) = 5.0, p < .001, R(2) = 0.27. Fifty percent of the relationship was explained by diabetes-specific burden. The relationship between caregiver anxiety symptoms and adolescent glycemic control was partially mediated by diabetes-specific burden, F(10,133) = 5.7, p < .001, R(2) = 0.30, explaining 26% of this relationship.

DISCUSSION:

A variable linking caregiver psychological distress to adolescent glycemic control is perceived caregiver burden around diabetes management. Implications for clinical practice include targeting caregiver psychological functioning and reducing global and diabetes-specific distress.

PMID:
20736389
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PMCID:
PMC3042599
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