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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.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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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