Adolescent and parent assessments of diabetes mellitus management at school

Rachel Hayes-Bohn, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Alison Mellin, Joan Patterson

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This study explored opinions, concerns, and recommendations regarding care of Type 1 diabetes in schools. Thirty adolescent females and their parents participated in semi- structured, individual interviews that were audiotaped, transcribed, coded, and qualitatively analyzed. Responses emerged in three categories: knowledge/training of school staff; foods offered/available at school; and school rules. Participants expressed concerns that school personnel, particularly classroom teachers, possess limited knowledge of diabetes; that healthy food/beverage options are limited in the cafeteria, vending machines, and classrooms; and that school rules impede self-care of diabetes. Implications for enhancing diabetes management at school are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of School Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004


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