Family therapy with adolescents with diabetes: A litmus test for clinically meaningful change

Michael Harris, P. Greco, T. Wysocki, N. H. White

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Abstract

As a part of a randomized controlled trial, 119 adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) and their parents were randomly assigned to participate in either 10 sessions of behavioral family systems therapy (BFST), 10 sessions of an education/support group (EDSP), or no specific psychosocial treatment (CONT). Pre-treatment and post-treatment scores on diabetes-related conflict were collected from family members (i.e., adolescents, mothers, and fathers). Computation of effect sizes were used to determine the clinical significance of family therapy on diabetes-related conflict scores by comparing scores from subjects in the current study with normative data collected from a demographically similar sample. Post-treatment data revealed that changes in adolescents' scores on a measure of diabetes-related conflict were minimally lower (-0.25 SD) for all three groups (BFST, EDSP, and CONT) in comparison to the untreated normative sample. Changes in mothers' scores for the BFST group were significantly lower (-1.0 SD) in comparison to the untreated normative sample and compared to mothers' scores for the EDSP (-0.27 SD) and CONT groups (-0.33 SD). Finally, changes in fathers' scores for the BFST group were moderately lower (-0.47 SD) in comparison to the untreated normative sample and compared to fathers' scores for the EDSP (-0.11 SD) and CONT groups (-0.08 SD).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Volume19
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Family Therapy
Self-Help Groups
Fathers
Education
Mothers
Therapeutics
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Randomized Controlled Trials
Parents
Conflict (Psychology)

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Family therapy with adolescents with diabetes : A litmus test for clinically meaningful change. / Harris, Michael; Greco, P.; Wysocki, T.; White, N. H.

In: Families, Systems and Health, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2001, p. 159-168.

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