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Diabetes Care. 1990 Feb;13(2):98-103.

Vocational adjustment and general well-being of young adults with IDDM.

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  • 1Adolescent Unit, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, New York 14263.


The vocational experiences and general well-being of 58 young adult subjects (mean age 24.3 yr) with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) diagnosed during their adolescence were compared with that of 55 healthy matched control subjects with linear logistic discriminant function analyses. Assessment measures included the Rand General Well-Being Scale and the Rand Functional Limitations and Physical Abilities Batteries. Diabetic subjects, on average, reported significantly lower general well-being than control subjects, particularly in terms of health-related fears and feelings of depression. However, diabetic subjects did not report a pervasive functional deficit relative to control subjects and experienced similar employment rates and problems in the workplace. These results suggest that this group of young adult diabetic subjects has adjusted well to the demands of the workplace despite lower reports of general well-being. The results are discussed in light of relevant sampling issues.

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