Abstract

Using data from a purposive sample of 78 parents of children with type 1 diabetes, relationships were examined between the level of metabolic control of the child with diabetes (as measured by the HbA1c percentage), parents' marital conflict, caregiver burden, and use of psychological control. Also explored were family income and the education levels of mothers and fathers. Differences between mothers and fathers were also considered. Better metabolic control (lower HbA1c) was related to lower levels of fathers' caregiver burden. Marital conflict was also associated with mothers' and fathers' caregiver burden. Finally, mothers' caregiver burden predicted mothers' use of psychological control, and fathers' caregiver burden predicted fathers' use of psychological control. Fathers' paths were stronger from marital conflict to caregiver burden and from caregiver burden to psychological control than the mothers' paths. Only fathers had a significant path from HbA1c to caregiver burden.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life; Marriage, Family, and Human Development

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Date Submitted

2011-04-14

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4379

Keywords

marital conflict, caregiver burden, psychological control, metabolic control, HbA1c, type 1 diabetes, parenting

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