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Adolescents with Diabetes: What are the Challenges?

by Amy Neil, MS, MAP 3 CE Credits

This course presents a detailed look at this turbulent time in development and the biopsychosocial complexities presented for teenagers with diabetes. In a disease in which blood glucose control makes or breaks the road to a healthy future, teens and their health professionals encounter numerous emotional and behavioral challenges that directly affect this control. This course addresses specific clinical aspects of diabetes that may be affected by inadequate psychological adjustment to the condition. Current research into factors affecting emotional adjustment and associated health behaviors for teens is discussed, as well as the impact of family dynamics. Knowing how best to address the individual challenges teenage patients with diabetes face can help clinicians escort them to a healthier future.

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Introduction
  • A Brief Clinical Overview of Diabetes
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Impairment and Psychiatric Sequelae Associated with Diabetes
  • The Diabetes Care Regimen for Adolescents: What Exactly Are Their Tasks?
  • The Psychology of Chronic Illness: A Complex Picture
  • A Pivotal Role in Diabetes Treatment for Mental Health Professionals
  • Risk Factors for Poor Metabolic Control During Adolescence
  • What We See, What They See: The Teenagers’ View of Diabetes
  • The Self and the Self with Diabetes
  • The Influence of Family and Social Environment on Adherence
  • Therapeutic Guidelines
  • Innovative Interventions
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources for Mental Health Professionals
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Summarize the empirical evidence pertaining to the psychosocial adjustment of adolescents to type 1 diabetes and clinically apply these research findings to help teenage patients manage psychosocial aspects of diabetes within the context of specific developmental changes.
  • Recognize 10 comorbid medical conditions commonly associated with diabetes and at least 2 ways in which diabetes management may be negatively affected by inadequate psychological adjustment to the condition among this age group.
  • Identify at least 2 ways adolescent diabetes impacts psychological adjustment in the identified patient and at least 3 ways it influences family dynamics — such as parenting and relationships wth siblings.
  • Utilize current developments in healthcare to address psychosocial adjustment to teen diabetes including the application of 2 innovative interventions (MST & BFST) and 2 national healthcare quality improvement initiatives to guide services.