<JournalTitle>Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research</JournalTitle>
<ArticleTitle>Affective responses of the parents after diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children</ArticleTitle>
<Affiliation>MSc, Department of Pediatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.. talakoub@nm.mui.ac.ir</Affiliation>
<Abstract>Background: These days, diabetes is deemed as one of the most important health and social-economic problems of the world. Since parents play a major role in treatment of diabetes, the most important part of managing diabetes is in the hands of the parents of children affected by diabetes. This special responsibility will increase the stress and family challenges and impacts parents&rsquo; emotional responses. The affective reactions or responses of the parents can also be conveyed to the child himself and reduce self-care, increase glucose levels, increase the possibility of complications and reduce the quality of life. Thus, it is highly important to recognize the affective reactions of parents during various stages of the disease for the purpose of intervention.Materials and Methods: All parents of children diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes who referred to Sedigheh-ye-Tahereh Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Isfahan, Iran, were selected and the Symptom Checklist-90 (SCL-90) was filled in five stages (immediately, one month, three months, six months and twelve months after diagnosis). Convenient sampling was used to select 45 consecutive subjects out of whom 10 dropped out during the study.Findings: The major problems of the study subjects at the beginning of diagnosis were depression, anxiety and physical problems, respectively. Three, six and twelve months later, they were depression, obsession and physical problems. Over time, the mean score of parents&rsquo; affective reactions declined which indicated the acceptance of the disease by parents over time.Conclusions: In view of the fact that both mother and father of children with diabetes suffer from affective problems and since fathers refer to diabetes centers less than mothers, some decisions should be made to mentally support both fathers and mothers.&nbsp;Key words: Affective responses, parents, after diagnosis, type 1 diabetes, children</Abstract>


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