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J Pediatr Psychol. 2003 Oct-Nov;28(7):485-93.

Illness representations and coping as predictors of emotional well-being in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

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Brownhill Centre, Cheltenham, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To test whether coping acts to mediate the relationships between illness representations and emotional well-being in adolescents with diabetes.

METHODS:

Seventy adolescents between 11 and 18 years of age were asked to complete the Diabetes Illness Representations Questionnaire (DIRQ), the Well-being Questionnaire, and the Kidcope.

RESULTS:

Perceived impact, identity, and cognitive restructuring were significant independent predictors for depressive symptomatology. For anxiety, perceived impact and identity were significant predictors, and for positive emotional well-being, treatment effectiveness to control diabetes was the only significant predictor. Multiple regression analyses indicated that coping did not mediate the association between illness representations and positive emotional well-being.

CONCLUSIONS:

Perceived impact was consistently associated with participants' indices of negative emotional well-being. Contrary to the hypothesized model, coping did not mediate the association between illness representations and emotional well-being in this sample.

PMID:
12968040
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsg039
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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