Impact of Peer Support Group Involvement on College Students with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

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Florida Southern College
The transition to college life can be a challenging period of time for many young adults, especially those living with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Young adults with T1DM are faced with the same age-related transitions as their peers, such as moving away from home and going off to college, with the added challenge of learning to manage their diabetes independently (Chiang et al., 2014; Pihlaskari et al., 2018). Diabetes self-care entails a variety of tasks, such as monitoring blood glucose levels regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, and taking insulin as prescribed. Factors related to life on campus, like sleep, nutrition, work and class schedule, and personal relationships, can have a significant impact on a student’s ability to manage T1DM while in college (Kellett et al., 2018; Saylor & Calamaro, 2016). An additional challenge for young adults navigating diabetes self-care while in college is the tendency to prioritize other factors, like studying, working, or spending time with friends, over performing diabetes self-care (Lu et al., 2014; Pyatak et al., 2018).
Honors Thesis Spring 2020
Diabetes, Diabetes in youth, Peer counseling of students, Diabetes -- Complications