Parenting stress and parent-child interactions can be associated with negative health outcomes in very young children with T1DM, according to the results of this investigation.
The study involved analysis of videos of 77 families with a young child (up to 7 years old) with T1DM, taken during mealtime and including glucose monitoring and insulin administration. Parent-child interactions were scored, and questionnaires were used to measure general parenting stress, disease-related parenting stress, and diabetes-specific quality of life.
The researchers said the study results “support the notion that diabetes does not only affect the child with T1DM: T1DM is a family disease, as parenting factors (like stress and parent-child interactions) are associated with important child outcomes.” They concluded that it is important for healthcare providers to focus not only on the child with T1DM, but also on the family as a whole.
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