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Article
October 1980

Psychological Factors in Diabetes Mellitus

Author Affiliations

Institute of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology Beilinson Medical Center Petah-Tikva, Israel

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(10):1004. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130220080041
Abstract

In their extensive and excellent review in the Journal on the psychological factors in diabetes mellitus (133:1061-1066, 1979), Greydanus and Hofmann missed three books and proceedings of recent meetings1-3 devoted to the psychological aspects of diabetes in children, in which investigations from various professions from all over the world were brought together.

For the past 20 years we have been convinced that once diagnosed, diabetes becomes a somatopsychic disease in juveniles and a source of anxiety for the parents.4 We have seen that without the achievement of emotional stability in the family, the diabetes in the child cannot be controlled.5 Our experience has led us to include psychologists and social workers in the team treating diabetic children and adolescents.6

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