The consideration of emotional components (attitude and adjustment) has recently been emphasized in studies of diabetic patients. The ATT-39 scale developed in Australia and published in 1986 was used to examine the attitude of 92 children, 60 of whom had attended several diabetic summer camps. Analysis of the data with regard to the duration of the disease revealed that patients suffering from diabetes for 3–5 years are most willing to cooperate. Patients with diabetic complications are more aware of their illness. Children participating in diabetic summer camps suffer less diabetic stress than those in the control group. The results of the attitude examination in children, and the fact that their answers tend to be contrary to those of adults in some questions, indicate that attitude examinations should be adjusted to age.
- diabetic children
- summer camps
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism