Behaviour problems in children with diabetes as a function of sex and age of onset of disease

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1987 May;28(3):477-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1987.tb01768.x.


Twenty-seven children with early onset (less than or equal to 3 years) diabetes (EOD), 24 with late onset (greater than or equal to 4 years) diabetes (LOD) and 30 sibling controls were compared on measures of psychosocial adjustment. These included parent rating scales of behaviour problems and temperament; direct measures of self-esteem, body image and school achievement; and indices of diabetic control. Results indicated that LOD boys showed increased incidence of behaviour problems, 83% of whom could be assigned a diagnostic classification and more distortions of body image. The results were not related to any indices of diabetic control.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / psychology
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Personality Development
  • Psychological Tests
  • Self Concept
  • Sex Factors
  • Sick Role