1st Edition

Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Children, Adolescents and Their Families

By Christie Deborah, Clarissa Martin Copyright 2012

    Part of the Paediatric Psychology series Children and young people are increasingly among those being diagnosed with diabetes. However in the UK only 1 in 6 children succeed in controlling their diabetes successfully, despite support from parents and professionals. This enlightening new book is a comprehensive account of diabetes and the complex medical and psychosocial factors that influence metabolic control in children and young people. It presents a series of evidence-based and accessible educational, psychological and social approaches to increase specialist knowledge, promote positive attitudes, enhance patient care and create appropriate healthcare environments. The book offers an easy-to-comprehend approach to clinical care and includes practical tools for assessment for all healthcare professionals throughout the text. Featuring contributions from a number of international experts in the field, this thorough and wide-ranging guide is informative reading for all students, academics and professionals with an interest in paediatric psychology and health.

    Series introduction. Foreword. About the editors. List of contributors. Introduction. Part I: Understanding diabetes. A global perspective: worldwide prevalence and incidence. The impact of diagnosis. Challenges to emotional well-being: depression, anxiety and parental fear of hypoglycaemia. Regimen adherence: paradigms and approaches. The effects of diabetes on cognitive functioning. Sex, drugs and glycaemic control. Integrated care and multidisciplinary team work: the role of the different professionals. Part II: Management and intervention. An introduction to managing diabetes: implications of different treatment regimens. Structured education for diabetes. The role of the diabetes educator. Motivational interviewing. Psychological approaches to working with families: an example of solution-focused brief therapy. Management of diabetes and eating disorders. Transition to adult clinics. Part III: Tools for clinical practice. Diagnostic tools for children. Assessment and intervention for diabetes related cognitive difficulties. Regimen adherence measures. Transition services. Index.


    Deborah Christie and Clarissa Martin respectively Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Reader in Paediatric and Adolescent Psychology, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Research Fellow, Loughborough University