Children with diabetes: perceptions of supports for self-management at school

J Sch Health. 2003 Aug;73(6):216-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2003.tb06563.x.


Diabetes affects many children. Researchers know little about children's perceptions of what type of support they need at school, which was a focus of this study. Group interviews and surveys examined children's perceptions of support in caring for their diabetes (type I diabetes) from school nurses, teachers, and friends. Results indicated the children felt supported at school, but improved flexibility by teachers and nurses (e.g., let me keep my meter with me always) and individualized care plans may improve their ability to manage their diabetes at school. Participating in after-school activities may be difficult for middle school youth. Children reported they needed additional help and support to cope with hypoglycemic episodes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Faculty
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • School Nursing
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Self Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Support*
  • United States


  • Blood Glucose