Good Intentions Gone Awry

Assessing Parental "Miscarried Helping" in Diabetes

Michael Harris, Holly Antal, Rhea Oelbaum, Lisa M. Buckloh, Neil H. White, Tim Wysocki

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Abstract

"Miscarried helping" is a pattern of frustration and conflict surrounding diabetes management as caregivers escalate their efforts to ensure adequate self-care by their children. This paper describes the development of a new measure of this construct and preliminary assessment of its psychometric properties. The 15-item Helping for Health Inventory (HHI) was developed based on the theoretical concept of "miscarried helping." Parents of adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes (n = 40) who were enrolled in a behavioral intervention trial completed the HHI as part of a comprehensive assessment battery. Results confirmed adequate internal consistency (α = .81) and 3-month test-retest reliability (r = .74). The HHI correlated positively with parent-child conflict and parental nonsupport of treatment and inversely with youth and parent-reported adjustment to diabetes and youth-reported adherence to treatment. The HHI did not correlate significantly with the youths' metabolic control. This initial psychometric study on the HHI indicates that it is a reliable measure of "miscarried helping." In addition, this study represents the beginning of establishing the HHI as a valid measure and as an informative measure of the negative aspects of social support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-403
Number of pages11
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

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Social Support
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Conflict (Psychology)

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • diabetes
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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Good Intentions Gone Awry : Assessing Parental "Miscarried Helping" in Diabetes. / Harris, Michael; Antal, Holly; Oelbaum, Rhea; Buckloh, Lisa M.; White, Neil H.; Wysocki, Tim.

In: Families, Systems and Health, Vol. 26, No. 4, 12.2008, p. 393-403.

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Harris, M, Antal, H, Oelbaum, R, Buckloh, LM, White, NH & Wysocki, T 2008, 'Good Intentions Gone Awry: Assessing Parental "Miscarried Helping" in Diabetes', Families, Systems and Health, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 393-403. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0014232
Harris, Michael ; Antal, Holly ; Oelbaum, Rhea ; Buckloh, Lisa M. ; White, Neil H. ; Wysocki, Tim. / Good Intentions Gone Awry : Assessing Parental "Miscarried Helping" in Diabetes. In: Families, Systems and Health. 2008 ; Vol. 26, No. 4. pp. 393-403.
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