Defense Date

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Clarissa S. Homes

Abstract

This study examined, for the first time, specific links between parents' memory and children's diabetes behaviors and metabolic control. Data revealed that parental memory and responsibility predicted children's percentage of calories from fat and carbohydrates, and metabolic control, accounting for 7.3% of the variance in calories from fat and 18.5% of the variance in metabolic control for the total sample. These effects were stronger when limited to dietary behaviors of younger youth; parental memory accounted for 30.3% and 33.6% of the variance in percentage of calories from fat and carbohydrates, respectively, for younger children. Level of parent responsibility, with memory, moderated younger children's percentage of calories from fat and carbohydrates, and children's metabolic control. Parents with higher memory scores and more responsibility had disease indictors that were closer to ADA recommendations. Results suggest intervention to enhance parent memory may improve diabetes care and health status for youths with IDDM.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

June 2008

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Psychology Commons

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