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Presentation or Panel Title

The Effect of Pediatric Diabetes-Related Family Conflict on Parent Stress

Location

Guzman 113

Start Date

4-15-2016 2:00 PM

End Date

4-15-2016 2:30 PM

Department

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate - Honors

Faculty Mentor

Luanne Linnard-Palmer, RN, MSN, OCN

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

In children with type 1 diabetes, caregivers often take on the burden of responsibility with regards to management of the chronic illness. It has been found that better regime adherence is seen in children whose caregivers are more involved in care management (Anderson, Ho, Brackett, Finkelstein, & Laffel, 1996). Because of the stress associated with the intensive management of diabetes, healthcare providers working with families affected by diabetes must focus not only on the physical health of the child, but the psychosocial functioning of the caregivers as well. The purpose of this research was to investigate whether parents who experienced increased family conflict surrounding their child’s diabetes management also reported increased stress levels. Further research is needed on interventions to address and treat conflict between the parent and child as a method of reducing diabetes-related stress in parents. A literature review was performed to determine the factors associated with family conflict and parenting stress for children with chronic disorders. This study used a correlational design, in which the researcher determined if parents who are experiencing high levels of diabetes-specific family conflict surrounding their child’s diabetes management also report an increased level of stress. The experiences of parents of children with type 1 diabetes were reviewed through surveys that assessed the frequency of conflict between the parent and child surrounding diabetes, and the level of stress the parent experiences regarding their child’s diabetes. Data collection is currently being performed and results of this pilot study will be shared.

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The Effect of Pediatric Diabetes-Related Family Conflict on Parent Stress

Guzman 113

In children with type 1 diabetes, caregivers often take on the burden of responsibility with regards to management of the chronic illness. It has been found that better regime adherence is seen in children whose caregivers are more involved in care management (Anderson, Ho, Brackett, Finkelstein, & Laffel, 1996). Because of the stress associated with the intensive management of diabetes, healthcare providers working with families affected by diabetes must focus not only on the physical health of the child, but the psychosocial functioning of the caregivers as well. The purpose of this research was to investigate whether parents who experienced increased family conflict surrounding their child’s diabetes management also reported increased stress levels. Further research is needed on interventions to address and treat conflict between the parent and child as a method of reducing diabetes-related stress in parents. A literature review was performed to determine the factors associated with family conflict and parenting stress for children with chronic disorders. This study used a correlational design, in which the researcher determined if parents who are experiencing high levels of diabetes-specific family conflict surrounding their child’s diabetes management also report an increased level of stress. The experiences of parents of children with type 1 diabetes were reviewed through surveys that assessed the frequency of conflict between the parent and child surrounding diabetes, and the level of stress the parent experiences regarding their child’s diabetes. Data collection is currently being performed and results of this pilot study will be shared.