Journal of Undergraduate Research


parent perspectives, child diagnosis, type 1 diabetes, autoimmune disease




Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the beta cells of the pancreas stop secreting insulin. Insulin is the hormone that delivers blood sugar to the body tissues. This life changing diagnosis affects not only the newly diagnosed child—It affects the whole family.

Although research has previously been done on parent experiences raising a child with type 1 diabetes, no research has been done from the perspective of a parent who has raised their child to adulthood. This unique outlook provides greater perspective and insight on the experience as a whole. The purpose of this project was to increase understanding of the diagnosis experience for parents of children with type 1 diabetes, and to recognize how healthcare professionals can better support newly diagnosed families.

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