Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 252–259

Fear of Hypoglycemia in Parents of Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

  • Susana R. Patton
  • Lawrence M. Dolan
  • Racquel Henry
  • Scott W. Powers
Article

Abstract

The current study examined fear of hypoglycemia in 81 mothers and 64 fathers of young children with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) using the Hypoglycemia Fear Survey-Parents of Young Children (HFS-P-YC possible range = 26–130). Mothers and fathers completed the HFS-P-YC at enrollment and mothers completed it 2 weeks later. Families recorded daily blood glucose on a standardized meter for 2 weeks. Mothers’ mean total HFS-P-YC score was 75.0 (SD = 17.2) and fathers’ mean score was 66.5 (SD = 18.0). Mothers reported greater HFS-P-YC total and behavior subscale scores than fathers. Mothers’ HFS-P-YC scores were comparable to published HFS scores for mothers of preadolescents with T1DM and higher than adult patients with T1DM. The HFS-P-YC had good internal consistency and test–retest reliability in this sample. These findings suggest parents of young children with T1DM report a high level of fear of hypoglycemia. Additionally, the HFS-P-YC appears to be a reliable measure in this population.

Keywords

Young children Type 1 diabetes Hypoglycemia Measurement 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susana R. Patton
    • 1
  • Lawrence M. Dolan
    • 2
    • 4
  • Racquel Henry
    • 3
  • Scott W. Powers
    • 4
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Child Behavioral Health, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable DiseasesC.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Division of Endocrinology, Department of PediatricsCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Department of PediatricsCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  4. 4.University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA

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