Social Support and Personal Models of Diabetesin Relation to Self-Care and Well-Being Inadolescents With Type I Diabetes Mellitus

J Adolesc. 1998 Dec;21(6):703-15. doi: 10.1006/jado.1998.0190.


This study set out to examine whether peer support and illness representation mediates the link between family support, self-management and well-being. Seventy-four participants (12-18-years-old) with type I diabetes mellitus completed questionnaires assessing their self-management, depression, anxiety, perceived social support and personal models of diabetes. Perceived impact of diabetes, but not perceived seriousness, and peer support were significant predictors of depression. Family support was a significant predictor of all self-management measures. However, for dietary self-management this relationship was partially mediated by the perceived efficacy of treatment to control diabetes, but not efficacy of treatment to prevent complications.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / therapy
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Self Care*
  • Social Support*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires