Longitudinal Trajectories of Metabolic Control Across Adolescence: Associations With Parental Involvement, Adolescents' Psychosocial Maturity, and Health Care Utilization

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Journal of Adolescent Health (Impact Factor: 3.61). 05/2012; 50(5):491-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.09.007
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To predict trajectories of metabolic control across adolescence from parental involvement and adolescent psychosocial maturity, and to link metabolic control trajectories to health care utilization.
Two hundred fifty-two adolescents (M age at study initiation = 12.5 years, SD = 1.5, range = 10-14 years) with type 1 diabetes (54.4% female, 92.8% Caucasian, length of diagnosis M = 4.7 years, SD = 3.0, range = 1-12 years) participated in a 2-year longitudinal study. Metabolic control was gathered from medical records every 3 months. Adolescents completed measures of self-reliance (functional autonomy and extreme peer orientation), self-control (self-control and externalizing behavior), and parental involvement in diabetes care (acceptance, monitoring, and frequency of help). At the end of the study, mothers reported health care utilization (diabetes-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations) over the past 6 months.
Latent class growth analyses indicated two distinct trajectories of metabolic control across adolescence: moderate control with slight deterioration (92% of the sample; average HbA1c = 8.18%) and poor control with rapid deterioration (8% of the sample; average HbA1c of 12.09%). Adolescents with poor and rapidly deteriorating metabolic control reported lower paternal monitoring and frequency of help with diabetes management, lower functional autonomy, and lower self-control than others. Those with poor and rapidly deteriorating metabolic control were 6.4 times more likely to report diabetes-related emergency room visits, and 9.3 times more likely to report diabetes-related hospitalizations near the end of the study.
Parental involvement and adolescents' psychosocial maturity predict patterns of deteriorating metabolic control across adolescence and could be targeted for intervention.

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    • "Second, T1D (Study 1) requires a strict daily treatment regimen, in contrast to CHD. Parents need to support adolescents in increasingly taking care of their diabetes (Seiffge-Krenke, 2001) and parental involvement in treatment management stays important throughout adolescence (King et al., 2012). Consequently, parental support might be more important in relation to daily functioning for adolescents with T1D than for adolescents with CHD. "
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    • "For youth with Type 1 diabetes, adolescence is also a crucial time during which problematic patterns of diabetes management can be established and persist into adulthood, yielding poor health outcomes (Kovacs, Goldston, Obrosky, & Iyengar, 1992). Prior cross-sectional and longitudinal studies indicate that parental involvement in the diabetes regimen and shared regimen responsibility are associated with better adherence, whereas conflict is associated with worse adherence (Anderson et al., 1997; Helgeson et al., 2008; King et al., 2012; Wiebe et al., 2005). Some prior studies have included youth across wide age ranges and from single-site samples and few have examined trajectories of autonomy support, family conflict, regimen responsibility, and BGMF among early adolescents. "
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