Behavioral Interventions for Youth With Diabetes
Diabetes management is multifaceted. Psychologists have an important role in helping youth with diabetes improve adherence, cope with challenges, and improve overall well-being. Effective assessment includes consideration of diabetes management, history of the diagnosis, general psychological functioning, and examination of specific symptoms and risk behaviors. Evidence-based interventions include skill training and adherence promotion, family-focused interventions, and behavioral strategies for health promotion. Tips for effective communication involve changing from critical labeling statements to positive goal-oriented problem-solving comments. Detailed description of the clinical process of assessment and intervention is presented.