Brief report: Benefit finding and identity processes in type 1 diabetes: Prospective associations throughout adolescence

Koen Luyckx, Meagan A. Ramsey, Caitlin S. Kelly, Deborah J. Wiebe, Daniel Mello, Leen Oris, Sofie Prikken, Margaux Verschueren, Cynthia A. Berg

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Abstract

Identity formation constitutes a core developmental task during adolescence, but may be challenged when having a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes. The present study examined whether viewing positive benefits to one's diabetes across adolescence was related to greater identity exploration and commitment later in time. A total of 55 adolescents (10-14 years; 47% female) with type 1 diabetes participated in a six-wave study spanning 3 years (with six-month measurement intervals). Through latent growth curve modeling, Time 6 identity scores were regressed on intercept and slope terms of benefit finding through Times 1-4, simultaneously controlling for demographic and clinical variables. Identity exploration (but not commitment) at Time 6 was positively predicted by the intercept and slope of benefit finding: adolescents who find benefits in diabetes are more inclined to explore different alternatives later on in adolescence. Benefit finding may constitute a resource facilitating identity formation in adolescents with diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Benefit finding
  • Diabetes
  • Exploration
  • Identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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    Luyckx, K., Ramsey, M. A., Kelly, C. S., Wiebe, D. J., Mello, D., Oris, L., Prikken, S., Verschueren, M., & Berg, C. A. (2016). Brief report: Benefit finding and identity processes in type 1 diabetes: Prospective associations throughout adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 47-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.02.007