Family functioning and metabolic control of school-aged children with IDDM.


Journal Article

The relationship of two aspects of family life to metabolic control were examined as part of a longitudinal study of school-aged children with newly diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Glycosylated hemoglobin level was the primary index of metabolic control; weight-adjusted insulin dosage served as an indirect index. Neither the quality of family life nor aspects of the parents' marriage predicted the child's metabolic control over the next 3-4 mo, and they were also unrelated to concurrent weight-adjusted insulin dosage. Longitudinal data spanning a 6-yr period of the child's diabetes also failed to reveal an association between aspects of family life and metabolic control. The significance of the findings are discussed in light of the sample's characteristics and possible methodological constraints.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kovacs, M; Kass, RE; Schnell, TM; Goldston, D; Marsh, J

Published Date

  • June 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 409 - 414

PubMed ID

  • 2731460

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2731460

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0149-5992

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2337/diacare.12.6.409


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States