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Factors Affecting Adherence to a Diabetic Medical Regimen in Adolescents with Type 1 Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

Adherence to a diabetic medical regimen is critical for maintaining health and preventing diabetes related complications. The purpose of this research is to identify adolescent personality traits that may predict adherence to Type 1 diabetic medical regimens. This study has been approved by the Western Carolina University Institutional Review Board for Graduate Studies.

This nationwide study can be conducted quickly at home and does not require participants to travel. The investigator in this study will mail participants a packet of information to be completed and mailed from home. A stamped, return envelope will be included in the packet for the participants' convenience.

The packet of information will contain a consent form and 3 surveys. Mothers/female guardians will be asked to complete one survey and diabetic adolescents will complete two surveys. The mother/female guardian and the diabetic adolescent will each complete a survey focusing on various aspects of the adolescent's adherence to their diabetic regimen as prescribed by their doctor. The final survey, which only the adolescent with diabetes will complete, investigates various aspects of the adolescent's personality.

Only Type 1 (Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus) diabetic adolescents, ages 13-18, having lived with diabetes for at least 6 months are eligible to participate. The adolescents' mothers or female guardians must also participate in this study. If there is more than one eligible adolescent with diabetes in the home willing to participate in this study, they may do so; however, a packet for each diabetic adolescent must be requested.

For more information or to volunteer to participate in this study, please contact Kathleen Wheeler by email at

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