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April 1967

Social Patterns and Diabetic Glucosuria: A Study of Group Behavior and Diabetic Management in Summer Camp

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla (Dr. Weil), the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Dr. Sussman), and the Department of Sociology, Allegheny College (Dr. Crain).

Am J Dis Child. 1967;113(4):454-460. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090190100009

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

Methods  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

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