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J Psychosom Res. 2005 Aug;59(2):65-72.

Disturbed eating attitudes, coping styles, and subjective quality of life in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.

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Eating Disorders Unit, University Clinic of Neuropsychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence, General Hospital of Vienna, Medical University Vienna, Austria.



To evaluate coping styles and quality of life in youth with Type 1 diabetes with and without eating disorders and to identify relationships between these variables in each group.


Adolescents were evaluated for eating disorders with a two-stage diagnostic procedure. Adolescents with and without eating disorders then provided data on coping styles and on subjective well-being.


Adolescents with Type 1 diabetes and disordered eating behavior reported more often blaming themselves and resorting to wishful thinking and poorer physical and psychosocial quality of life than do adolescents with Type 1 diabetes without disordered eating behavior. Specific coping strategies were also positively linked with quality of life and metabolic control.


Eating disorders and disordered eating behavior in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes seem to be associated with certain negative and avoidant coping strategies and with impeded physical and bio-psychosocial well-being.

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