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Youth With Type 1 Diabetes Taking Responsibility for Self-Management: The Importance of Executive Functioning in Achieving Glycemic Control: Results From the Longitudinal DINO Study

Vloemans, A. F., Eilander, M. M. A., Rotteveel, J., Bakker-van Waarde, W. M., Houdijk, E. C. A. M., Nuboer, R., Winterdijk, P., Snoek, F. J. & De Wit, M., 1-Feb-2019, In : Diabetes Care. 42, 2, p. 225-231 7 p.

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  • Anne F. Vloemans
  • Minke M. A. Eilander
  • Joost Rotteveel
  • Willie M. Bakker-van Waarde
  • Euphemia C. A. M. Houdijk
  • Roos Nuboer
  • Per Winterdijk
  • Frank J. Snoek
  • Maartje De Wit

OBJECTIVESuccessful self-management of type 1 diabetes requires cognitive skills such as executive functioning (EF). In the transition to adolescence, youth take over responsibility for diabetes management. We set out to test: 1) the association between EF and glycemic control over time and 2) whether this association was moderated by: a) youth, shared, or parent responsibility for diabetes management and b) youth's age.RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODSWithin the Diabetes IN DevelOpment study (DINO), parents of youth with type 1 diabetes (8-15 years at baseline; N = 174) completed a yearly assessment over 4 years. Glycemic control (HbA(1c)) was derived from hospital charts. Youth's EF was measured using the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF)-parent report. The Diabetes Family Responsibility Questionnaire (DFRQ)-parent report was used to assess diabetes responsibility (youth, shared, and parent). Linear generalized estimating equations were used to analyze data including youth's sex, age, and age of diabetes onset as covariates.RESULTSRelatively more EF problems are significantly associated with higher HbA(1c) over time ( = 0.190; P = 0.002). More EF problems in combination with less youth responsibility ( = 0.501; P = 0.048) or more parental responsibility ( = -0.767; P = 0.006) are significantly associated with better glycemic control over time. Only age significantly moderates the relationship among EF problems, shared responsibility, and glycemic control ( = -0.024; P = 0.019).CONCLUSIONSPoorer EF is associated with worse glycemic control over time, and this association is moderated by responsibility for diabetes management tasks. This points to the importance of EF when youth take over responsibility for diabetes management in order to achieve glycemic control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-231
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetes Care
Volume42
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2019

    Keywords

  • BEHAVIOR RATING INVENTORY, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, METABOLIC-CONTROL, CARE, ADOLESCENCE, ADHERENCE, CHILDREN, PERFORMANCE, PREDICTORS, PARENT

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