Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 4-27-2023



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jessica Naber, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Rogers, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Janice Thurmond, Committee Member


Juvenile diabetes occurs when a patient under the age of 18 has an abnormally low amount of insulin in his/her body. This is due to the destruction of the insulin producing cells. There are two different types of diabetes, but they both have different risk factors that could lead to the diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. A diagnosis of diabetes does not only mean that one has to manage this chronic disease, but the patient will now have an increased risk of developing complications later in life. Some examples of these complications are heart disease, skin integrity problems, and liver disease. Diabetes is a chronic disease that children will learn how to manage, but when they are too young, the burden of diabetic care is put onto the caregivers or parents. This study has been created to educate participants about juvenile or childhood-onset diabetes. Some topics that will be discussed are what diabetes is and how it works, the common types of diabetes, any risk factors, and how children and their parents learn to integrate diabetic care into their lifestyles. Participants in this study will be surveyed before and after an educational session. This educational session will include a presentation in between a pretest and a post-test. The presentation will hopefully increase the scores when comparing the pretest and post-test.