Accuracy of perceptions of overweight and relation to self-care behaviors among adolescents with type 2 diabetes and their parents.

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Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: To examine how adolescents with type 2 diabetes and their parents/primary caregivers perceive the adolescents' weight and the relationship of those perceptions to diet and exercise behaviors and perceived barriers to healthy behaviors. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Interviews were conducted with adolescents and their parents about perceptions of the adolescents' weight, diet, and exercise behaviors, as well as barriers to engaging in healthy diet and exercise behaviors. Interviews were linked with clinic records to provide BMI. RESULTS: A total of 104 parent-adolescent dyads participated. Parents and adolescents typically perceived the adolescents' weight as less severe than it actually was. For parents and adolescents, underestimating the adolescents ' weight was associated with poorer diet behaviors and more perceived barriers to following healthy diet or exercise behaviors. CONCLUSIONS: Addressing misperceptions of weight by adolescents and their parents may be an important first step to improving weight in these patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Skinner, AC; Weinberger, M; Mulvaney, S; Schlundt, D; Rothman, RL

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 227 - 229

PubMed ID

  • 18000179

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18000179

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1935-5548

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0149-5992

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2337/dc07-1214

Language

  • eng