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Title: An investigation of eating and weight concerns as predictors of adherence and glycaemic control in adolescents with type-1 diabetes
Author: Murphy, Shona
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of eating and weight concerns in a local population of adolescents with type-1 diabetes, compared to adolescents without type-1 diabetes. This study also aimed to examine whether eating and weight concerns could predict adherence and glycaemic control in adolescents with type-1 diabetes and to investigate the relationships of body mass index (BMI), insulin dose and insulin regimen with eating and weight concerns. The Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire was used to examine the eating and weight concerns of 12-18 year old adolescents with and without type-1 diabetes, using a cross-sectional design. An adherence questionnaire was also administered to the diabetes group and information regarding HbA1c, BMI and prescribed insulin regimens was obtained from participants’ medical files. No significant differences in eating and weight concerns existed between the two groups, although BMI was significantly higher in the diabetes group. Eating and weight concerns were significantly predicted by BMI in the diabetes group and significantly predicted level of adherence. No associations between eating and weight concerns with HbA1c, insulin dose or insulin regimen were found. Reports of eating and weight concerns were low in this sample and they did not appear to impact on glycaemic control. However, more eating and weight concerns were associated with poorer adherence. Higher BMI appeared to be an important factor in the occurrence of these concerns in both males and females. These results are discussed in terms of their potential clinical implications. The limitations of this study, along with suggestions for future areas of research, are also identified.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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