Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Tucker

Second Advisor

Dr. Carolina Huerta

Third Advisor

Dr. Bruce Wilson


This pilot study examined the relationship between perceived self-efficacy and regimen adherence on glycemic control among adolescents, aged 11 to 18 years, with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Thirty-six adolescent-parent dyads participated in this study. Bivariate analysis using Pearson product moment-correlations identified no significant relationships among the variables. Regarding treatment regimen, adolescents on insulin pumps had a mean glycosylated hemoglobin level of 8.09% whereas adolescents on daily insulin injections had a mean glycosylated hemoglobin level of 9.26%. Bandura's theory of self-efficacy provided the theoretical framework for this study. The Self-Efficacy for Diabetes scale and Questionnaire of Self-Care Behaviors scale were used to assess self-efficacy beliefs and adherence behaviors. Nurses are encouraged to continue to incorporate the self-efficacy concept in assisting adolescents to develop their own strategies for long-term disease self-management.


Copyright 2002 Antonieta Pelias Alteza. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Nursing Commons