Developmental Mastery of Diabetes-Related Tasks in Children

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The goal of managing diabetes in childhood is to assist the child in becoming a physically healthy and emotionally mature adult, free from complications associated with diabetes. Gradual achievement of self-care independence occurs as developmental changes evolve during childhood. Inappropriate expectations related to self-care competence may lead to impaired diabetes control. It is important to have an understanding of child development and cognitive development in order ensure adequate expectations of self-care skill acquisition and the appropriate transition of self-care skills. Numerous steps can be taken to assist the child with diabetes in attaining developmentally appropriate, self-management skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-342
Number of pages14
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Child development in diabetes
  • Diabetes in children
  • Self-management in children
  • Task mastery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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