Positive Well-Being in Youth With Type 1 Diabetes During Early Adolescence

Dara M. Steinberg, Barbara J. Anderson, Maartje de Wit, Marisa E. Hilliard

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© The Author(s) 2017. Developmental shifts during early adolescence relate to type 1 diabetes (T1D) self-management, increased risk of emotional distress, and worsening health status. Less is known about positive experiences related to T1D. This study evaluated associations of positive well-being (PWB) with diabetes burden, self-management, and glycemic control. Youth (N = 55, age = 12-13 years; (Formula presented.) age = 12.75 + 0.56 years, 50.9% male, 38.2% non-Caucasian) reported PWB, depressive symptoms, and diabetes burden. Parents reported on overall T1D adherence. Adherence behaviors and glycemic control were assessed objectively. Higher PWB correlated with lower depressive symptoms (rs= −.45), less diabetes burden (rs= −.48), and better glycemic control (rs= −.43), all p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1235
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of early adolescence
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • affect/emotions
  • chronic illness/stress
  • health promotion
  • risk/resilience

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