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.
- Identify considerations, symptoms, and risk factors that compose effective assessment of youth with diabetes.
- Demonstrate evidence-based behavioral interventions for youth with diabetes.
Caccavale, L. J. & Monaghan, M. (2020). Behavioral Interventions for Youth With Diabetes. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 46(3). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42843-020-00014-1