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Rearick Publishes Article on Parent Care of Children with Diabetes

October 3, 2011
By: Worcester State University News

Ellen Rearick (Nursing) is the primary author of “Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences with Social Support and Family Management.” The article, reporting results of her dissertation research, was published in The Diabetes Educator (July-August issue).

The purpose of this mixed-methods descriptive study was to explore parents’ experiences with peer social support following the Social Support to Empower Parents (STEP) 12-month intervention and the usefulness of the Family Management Measure (FaMM) in this population. The findings illustrated that the STEP intervention was helpful, providing the participants with emotional, affirmational, and informational social support. The use of the FaMM was a first step in assessing family management in families with children with Type 1 diabetes.

The article was co-authored by Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, Carol Bova, and Kathleen Knafl.

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