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Volume 13, Issue 2 (1984)

Diabetes Management in the School Setting: The Role of the School Psychologist

pp. 192—203

ABSTRACT: The epidemiology and characteristics of diabetes mellitus are discussed, with an emphasis on the management of Type I diabetes. Empirical studies of diabetes in children are reviewed,focusing on personality and family variables, stress, behavior management, problems related to newly-diagnosed cases, and cognitive functioning. Common issues and concerns of parents, children, and school personnel regarding the management of diabetic children in the school setting are discussed. The role of the school psychologist is highlighted, and specific guidelines offered for facilitating coordinated interventions and preventive programs. The importance of considering developmental and behavioral factors in diabetes management is emphasized. Diabetes is seen as a “model disease” for applied and research programs that school psychologists can initiate.

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