Process of Diabetes Management in Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Hyung Eun Seo, Miyoung Kim, Eun Young Doo, Jihye Choi

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This study investigated diabetes management processes among young adults with type 1 diabetes applying the grounded theory method. A total of 15 young adults, with an average age of 29 years, with type 1 diabetes were selected through theoretical sampling between November 2016 and October 2018. Data collected through in-depth interviews were analyzed using the constant comparative method. The core category of this study was defined as “living in a standardized frame.” Participants managed diabetes through the trial-and-error process in addition to selective restriction or selective minimization. They restricted their diet, physical activity, social interactions, and range of thoughts, often following passive and avoidant strategies. Consequently, nurses are in a critical position to assist diabetic individuals via support programs and take the lead in mitigating social prejudice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-285
Number of pages8
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

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  • grounded theory
  • nurse
  • patient education
  • self-management
  • type 1 diabetes


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