November 5, 2013

Internet Coping Skills with T1D

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web-basedGrowing-up is difficult. Add T1D into the equation and things get even trickier. A study wanted to see if internet-based programs would help children with T1D transition into adolescence with T1D. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

TEENCOPE was first studied in 2008 by Yale University. The purpose of the study was to compare the effects of a 5-week internet-based coping skills training progra with a 5-week internet education program named Managing Diabetes. The study was conducted in youths, ages 11-14 years old.

A year after that study was completed, another study evaluated 320 youths in a trial for coping skills with T1D at 2, 6, and 12 month intervals. The participants were randomized into 2 internet-based programs: TEENCOPE or diabetes education (Managing Diabetes).

Comparatively, TEENCOPE participants reported exceptional skills with stress reactivity, primary control coping, and secondary control coping mediated treatment effects. In the Managing Diabetes group, participants reported a better handle on social acceptance mediated treatment effects.

There were no significant effects of either intervention on HbA1c and/or glucose control.

At the end of the day, sitting down in front of a computer to engage in TEENCOPE or an online ¬†Managing Diabetes course isn’t the be-all, end-all of your life with T1D. It will, however, help you achieve better outcomes in T1D. Reaching others who can empathize with you is a more real experience to cope with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association community is a great plae to start.¬†

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