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Mindfulness, Worries, and Parenting in Parents of Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Van Gampelaere, Cynthia; Luyckx, Koen; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri et al.
2018In Journal of Pediatric Psychology
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Keywords :
diabetes; parenting; parent stress
Abstract :
[en] Objective Parents of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) often experience distress and worries, which may negatively impact their parenting behaviors. The current study investigates parental mindfulness (i.e., an enhanced attention to and awareness of current experiences or present reality) as a resilience mechanism. Using a daily diary approach, the predictive role of parental mindfulness for daily diabetes-related worries was examined, its impact upon protective parenting behaviors, and its buffering role in the relationship between daily worries and protective parenting behaviors. Methods Participants were 56 parents of 40 children with T1D (2–12 years). Trait mindfulness was assessed with the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale. Subsequently, parents completed a diary for 14 consecutive days, assessing parental worries about hypo- and hyperglycemia and general and diabetes-specific parental protective behavior. Results Multilevel analyses showed that parental diabetes-related worries fluctuated substantially across days and positively predicted daily protective behavior. Higher levels of parental mindfulness predicted less daily worries about hypoglycemia and lower engagement in general protective behavior and hypoglycemia avoidance behavior. In addition, the relationship between worries about hyperglycemia and general protective behavior was moderated by parental mindfulness. Conclusions The present findings highlight the importance of daily parental worries in explaining parental protective behaviors on a daily basis. Mindfulness emerged as a promising resilience factor in parents of children with T1D, resulting in less daily worries and protective parenting. These results have important clinical implications and point to the promising role of mindfulness interventions in this context.
Disciplines :
Treatment & clinical psychology
Author, co-author :
Van Gampelaere, Cynthia
Luyckx, Koen
Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
van der Straaten, Saskia
Laridaen, Jolien
Goethals, Eveline
Casteels, Kristina
Vanbesien, Jesse
den Brinker, Marieke
Cools, Martine
Goubert, Liesbet
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Mindfulness, Worries, and Parenting in Parents of Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Publication date :
2018
Journal title :
Journal of Pediatric Psychology
ISSN :
1465-735X
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Cary, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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