Coping Styles in Youths With Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

Cindy L. Hanson, Jeff A. Cigrang, Michael A. Harris, Deborah L. Carle, George Relyea, George A. Burghen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

101 Scopus citations


The relationships between two coping styles (i.e., use of personal and interpersonal resources; ventilation and avoidance) and two health outcomes (i.e., adherence and metabolic control) were evaluated in 135 youths with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Individual characteristics (i.e., age, duration of illness) and contextual variables (i.e., stress, family relations) were used to predict coping styles. Poor adherence to treatment, older adolescent age, and long duration of IDDM were correlated with ventilation and avoidance coping. Youths with short duration of IDDM were more likely to cope through the use of personal and interpersonal resources, although this strategy was not associated with health outcomes. A multiple regression analysis indicated that high ventilation and avoidance coping was predicted by high stress, low family cohesion, and older adolescent age. In addition, the interaction between family adaptability and duration of IDDM significantly predicted ventilation and avoidance coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-651
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Coping Styles in Youths With Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this