Type 1 diabetes: Young adult self management


This project will employ illness narrative qualitative research methods, and video and audio recordings of young Australians who are living with type 1 diabetes. The work follows on from our current research into the physiological and psychosocial factors associated with self management of type 1 diabetes in 8-18 year olds.


Dr Lorraine Smith

Research Location

Sydney Pharmacy School

Program Type



Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common diseases affecting young Australians. Despite years of research into the management of type 1 diabetes, poor diabetes control during adolescence is an on-going problem and contributes to the devastating complications that can occur later in life. Late adolescence and early adulthood is often a time of suboptimal self-management; understanding the disease from the perspective of the young person with type 1 diabetes is essential if we are to make any advances in supporting this group of people and helping to prevent long term complications.

Additional Information

To date, there is no substantive body of research focusing on the illness narratives of young Australians who are living with type 1 diabetes. At the completion of this research, the next step is to make the video recordings combined with synopses of the most those aspects most important to the participants with type 1 diabetes available on the www (see www.healthtalkonline.org)

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type 1 diabetes, qualitative research methods, older adolescents/young adults, self management, life stories, cardiovascular, diabetes

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 922

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