Disordered eating attitudes among female adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Role of mothers.

G. O'Brien, Martin Dempster, N.N. Doherty, D. Carson, P. Bell

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Previous research has demonstrated that disordered eating among adolescent females with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is related to the weight loss and eating attitudes of their mothers. The present research sought to examine the extent to which female adolescents’ perceptions of their mother’s weight loss and eating attitudes and behaviours explained the adolescents’ disordered eating attitudes and behaviours. Female adolescents with T1D and their mothers completed self-report questionnaires during outpatient clinic visits. Adolescents’ perceptions of their mother’s frequency of dieting behaviour and the importance of thinness to their mother were significant covariates of the adolescents’ body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness. Attitudes about disordered eating were also explained by different elements of family cohesion and mothers’ attitudes to weight loss. Routinely assessing perceptions of family and maternal attitudes and adopting a systemic approach to the care of adolescent females with T1D may help with the identification and management of these at-risk individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-190
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Diabetes Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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