THIS REPORT examines the relationship between changes in group behavior and diabetic control in a group of 6- to 12-year-old diabetic boys and girls at a summer camp during the 1960 and 1961 seasons. Previous study at this camp suggested that group structures and intragroup and intergroup relationships of diabetic children are similar to those of nondiabetic children.1 In a later study, a more detailed investigation of the interrelationship of individual personality adjustment, response to dietary change, and diabetic control was reported.2 An explanation of the theoretical framework of these studies is found in an article by Sussman and Weil.1
A two-week period of structured activity was established at the beginning of the new camp season. This control of program activity served as the experimental or introduced stimulus for study of behavior and group relations as they relate to diabetic control. The children were separated by
Weil WB, Sussman MB, Crain AJ. Social Patterns and Diabetic Glucosuria: A Study of Group Behavior and Diabetic Management in Summer Camp. Am J Dis Child. 1967;113(4):454–460. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090190100009
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