Defense Date

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Clarissa Holmes

Abstract

Due to psychosocial and hormonal changes, adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) are at risk for poorer regimen adherence, quality of life (QOL), and glycemic control (HbA1c). Authoritative parenting (AP) supports youth development during the transition into adolescence. To date, the mechanisms behind authoritative parenting and better HbA1c are yet to be examined. Parent-youth dyads completed measures of authoritative parenting, adherence, and QOL. As hypothesized, more authoritative parenting related to higher socioeconomic status (SES; β = -.13, p = .04) rather than ethnicity. Further, more authoritative parenting related to better glycemic control via the mechanisms of higher youth QOL (β = .24, p < .001) and better diabetes adherence (β = .17, p = .008). Parents who provide more authoritative parenting have youth with better QOL, better adherence, and better glycemic control. More authoritative parenting helps youth achieve better diabetes care and quality of life during the transition into adolescence.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

8-19-2014

Included in

Psychology Commons

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