Student NameJulianna Short
Faculty Mentor NameJennifer Doty
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorFamily, Youth, and Community Sciences
Research InterestsType 1 diabetes, family coping, chronic illnesses, youth development
Academic AwardsDean's List
OrganizationsRoyal for a Reason, Florida Club Swim and Dive, FYCS Club
Hobbies and InterestsVolunteering, Teaching preschool, swimming, & biking

Research Project

Family Coping and Adjustment to a Child’s Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes

When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it is a major life adjustment for not only the child, but the entire family. The demands of type 1 diabetes, which includes an intense diet and care regime, can provide a major source of stress in these families. Therefore, family coping is critical to aiding the development of children with type 1 diabetes and their families. The long-term goal of this research is to determine how the family system is impacted by the diagnosis of the disease and methods in which they cope with the diagnosis in order to identify possible effective support systems and programs for families affected by the diagnosis of a child.The methods include conducting in-depth interviews with parents of children with type 1 diabetes that will be geared towards identifying the most prominent stressors that families face, strategies in which they use to deal with these stressors, their adjustment level since the diagnosis, and possible effective support systems. Identifying the most common stressors and coping methods of these families will guide the development of future type 1 diabetes support programs that will increase the well-being and adjustment of both children with the disease and their families.