Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life in Adolescents With Type 2 Diabetes


OBJECTIVE The study objective was to examine the prevalence of depressive symptoms and relationships to quality of life and demographics in the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) study's large, ethnically diverse youth with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 704 youth with type 2 diabetes <2 years' duration, aged 10-17 years, and BMI ≥85th percentile completed depressive symptoms and quality of life measures. RESULTS Some 14.8% reported clinically significant depressive symptoms, and older girls had significantly higher rates than older boys. CONCLUSIONS Rates of significant depressive symptoms were similar to those of healthy adolescents and lower than those of teens with type 1 diabetes. Elevated depressive symptoms, particularly in older girls, suggest clinicians assess vulnerability.

DOI: 10.2337/dc11-0431
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@inproceedings{Anderson2011DepressiveSA, title={Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life in Adolescents With Type 2 Diabetes}, author={Barbara J Anderson and Sharon L. Edelstein and Natalie Walders Abramson and Lorraine E. Levitt Katz and Patrice M. Yasuda and Sylvia J. Lavietes and Paula M. Trief and Sherida E. Tollefsen and Siripoom Vudhipoom McKay and Patricia Kringas and Terri Lynn Casey and Marsha D. Marcus}, booktitle={Diabetes care}, year={2011} }