Examining the interaction of parental involvement and parenting style in predicting adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes.

Research paper by Sara E SE Landers, Elizabeth A EA Friedrich, Abbas F AF Jawad, Victoria A VA Miller

Indexed on: 13 Feb '16Published on: 13 Feb '16Published in: Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare


This study examined whether aspects of parenting style (specifically, warmth, autonomy support, and coercion) moderated the association between parental involvement and adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes.Children ages 8 to 16 years with type 1 diabetes and a parent completed assessments of parental involvement, parenting style, and adherence.Parent autonomy support and coercion were associated with adherence but warmth was not. Child report of more parental involvement was associated with better adherence. Warmth, autonomy support, and coercion were not moderators.The findings underscore the importance of parental involvement, operationalized as responsibility for diabetes tasks, and parenting style, specifically coercion and autonomy support, for adherence in pediatric chronic illness management. Longitudinal research is needed to better understand how and why dimensions of involvement (e.g., responsibility, monitoring, support) vary over time and whether they impact outcomes differentially. (PsycINFO Database Record