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Mindfulness and fear of hypoglycaemia in parents of children with Type 1 diabetes: results from Diabetes MILES Youth - The Netherlands

Aalders, J, Hartman, E, Nefs, G, Nieuwesteeg, A, Hendrieckx, C, Aanstoot, H-J, Winterdijk, P, van Mil, E, Speight, J and Pouwer, F 2018, Mindfulness and fear of hypoglycaemia in parents of children with Type 1 diabetes: results from Diabetes MILES Youth - The Netherlands, Diabetic medicine, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 650-657, doi: 10.1111/dme.13594.

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Title Mindfulness and fear of hypoglycaemia in parents of children with Type 1 diabetes: results from Diabetes MILES Youth - The Netherlands
Author(s) Aalders, J
Hartman, E
Nefs, G
Nieuwesteeg, A
Hendrieckx, CORCID iD for Hendrieckx, C orcid.org/0000-0002-0075-828X
Aanstoot, H-J
Winterdijk, P
van Mil, E
Speight, JORCID iD for Speight, J orcid.org/0000-0002-1204-6896
Pouwer, F
Journal name Diabetic medicine
Volume number 35
Issue number 5
Start page 650
End page 657
Total pages 8
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-05
ISSN 1464-5491
Keyword(s) hypoglycaemia
Type 1 diabetes
parental fear
mindfulness
mindful parenting
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
endocrinology & metabolism
Summary Aims
To identify the sociodemographic and clinical correlates of fear of hypoglycaemia among parents of children (aged 4–18 years) with Type 1 diabetes and to examine the relationships between parental fear of hypoglycaemia, mindfulness and mindful parenting.

Methods
Sociodemographic, self‐reported clinical and psychological data were extracted from the cross‐sectional Diabetes MILES Youth – The Netherlands dataset. Questionnaires included the Hypoglycaemia Fear Survey – Parent Worry (parental fear of hypoglycaemia), the Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory – Short version (mindfulness) and the Interpersonal Mindfulness in Parenting Scale (mindful parenting).

Results
A total of 421 parents (359 mothers) participated. Hierarchical linear regression analyses showed that greater parental fear of hypoglycaemia was related to younger parental age, low educational level, non‐Dutch nationality, more frequent blood glucose monitoring, and less general mindfulness. Adding mindful parenting to the model negated the previous contribution of general mindfulness. In this model, lower mindful parenting was related to greater parental fear of hypoglycaemia. In particular, parents with an increased ability to be less judgemental of themselves as parents and less reactive to emotions within parenting interactions reported less fear of hypoglycaemia. In total, 21% of the variance in parental fear of hypoglycaemia was explained.

Conclusion
Parental fear of hypoglycaemia was associated largely with parental characteristics, including non‐modifiable sociodemographics (i.e. age, education, nationality) and modifiable psychological factors (i.e. mindful parenting). These findings suggest that it is important to further explore mindfulness‐based interventions for parents to reduce fear of hypoglycaemia next to interventions to reduce hypoglycaemia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/dme.13594
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30110316

Document type: Journal Article
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