Perceptions of diabetes obtained through drawing in childhood and adolescence

Pilar Isla Pera, María Palacin Lois, Carmen López Matheu, María Honrubia Pérez, Ana María Gómez Rodriguez, Eulalia Armengol Camps, Carmen Sanchez Villalba, Roser Insa Soria, Assumpta Rigol Cuadra, Diana Marre

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Abstract

Objective: To examine whether drawing is useful in the detection of problems of psychosocial adaptation in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and in improving communication with health professionals. Methods: We performed an exploratory descriptive study in 199 children and adolescents with T1D aged 4-13 years. The participants were asked to render a drawing on a suggested topic. The variables analyzed were related to the drawing and to clinical and sociodemographic data. Results: Most participants showed evidence of having a well-balanced personality, but there were also signs of affective or psychosocial difficulties. Conclusion: Drawing is a useful technique by which to identify children's and adolescents' feelings and possible problems in adapting to T1D, as well as to gain information directly from the children themselves. Future studies should delimit the possibilities of this technique in clinical practice in greater detail. © 2013 Isla Pera et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-605
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Childhood and adolescence
  • Drawing
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

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