Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Carol J. Peterson


The focus of this study is on adolescents who have diabetes mellitus and their adjustment to that disease. This study explores the relationship between adolescent adjustment to diabetes mellitus and the parent-child relationship. Erik Erikson's Theory of Cognitive Development served as the theoretical framework for the study. The study utilized descriptive methodology. Data was collected using Child's Attitude Toward Mother Scale and Child's Attitude Toward Father Scale, the Diabetic Adjustment Scale, and a researcher developed structured'interview. The study population was ten families each with a diabetic adolescent for the study. Individual case scores and correlation statistics were used to describe the data. A limitation of the study was use of a small, non-random sample. Results of the study indicated that if the adolescent experienced problems adjusting to diabetes mellitus, as measured tpy a score on the Diabetic Adjustment Scale, there were problems in the adolescent's relationship with his or her parent.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Diabetes in children
Parent and child



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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