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Doctoral Study to Link Adherence and Metabolic Control to Psychological Variables

A local doctoral study recently commenced looking at predictors of adherence to diabetic regimine and metabolic control. The title of the research project, Locus of Control, Stress, Self Esteem and Behavioral Problems as Predictors of Behavioral Health Outcome in Diabetic Youth, may not be on the best sellers list, but the study's author, Robert Humphries hope to make a practical contribution to the field. "I believe that studies should have practical effects, and what could be more practical than to be able to identify those at risk for difficulties with adherence."

The study is being conducted through the University of Akron a a part of a doctoral thesis. Investigations of this nature help to provide better understanding of the problems insulin dependent diabetes mellitus children and teens face. The study is to include getting measures of various problem and emotional areas by using psychological testing. These tests will take 40 to 70 minutes to complete. Physicians will complete a rating scale and provide medical information regarding the glysicoated hemoglobin level of the youth.

Those interested in participating in the study should contact the investigator, Robert Humphries, via e-mail at or by leaving a message at his office (330) 493-4220. Be sure to identify your child's physician at the time of the call. A package of materials will be sent to those volunteering.

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Last Updated: Thursday February 27, 2014 19:28:21
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