for people ages 2-17 (full criteria)
at Sacramento, California
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Behavioral family therapy, specifically focused on insuring support for the primary caregiver of a child with type one diabetes mellitus and healthy family dynamics, may improve the child's glycemic control as measured by hemoglobin A1c level (HbA1c).

Official Title

Effect of Behavioral Family Therapy on Glycemic Control in Children With Type One Diabetes


The success or failure of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) management in children depends not only on access to care, diabetes technologies and diabetes education, but also on the abilities of the patient and his/her family to carry out complex demands. Recent data show that family dynamics play a critical role in determining glycemic control in pediatric patients with T1D. The investigators prior work (Loomba-Albrecht and Glaser, unpublished data) suggests that the strongest determinants of glycemic control are factors related to the primary caregiver's involvement in supportive relationships with others, either a spouse or other family members. This provides a potential therapeutic target to improve outcomes for children with T1D.


Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Behavioral Family Therapy Intervention


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Open to people ages 2-17

Aim 1: Eligibility and

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Eligible patients will be recruited through the UC Davis pediatric endocrinology clinic or during their initial admission (if they plan to seek care at our clinic) and must meet the following criteria:

  • age 2 to 17 years
  • newly diagnosed (within the past 10 weeks) with T1D
  • child lives in a two parent household

Aim 2: Eligibility and exclusion criteria:

Eligible patients will be recruited through the UC Davispediatric endocrinology clinic and must meet the following criteria:

  • age 2 to 17 years
  • diagnosed with T1D with a duration of diabetes of at least 2 years (to ensure the child is no longer producing endogenous insulin)
  • using a "multiple daily injection" or "basal-bolus" insulin regimen (includes pump users)
  • HbA1c level of 9% or higher at enrollment visit
  • child lives in a two parent household

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Families will be excluded if the child has severe underlying psychiatric, behavioral or medical conditions which could independently affect parental marital stress


  • University of California-Davis accepting new patients
    Sacramento California 95817 United States


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