Social Level Interventions: Enhancing Peer Support and Coping in Pediatric Diabetes Populations

  • Margaret GreyEmail author
  • Kevin Joiner


In this entry, the authors review the literature on peer support and coping skills training for children and adolescents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to develop a comprehensive review and make recommendations for practice and research. The search was limited to articles published from 2000 to 2018. A total of ten studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. Peer support was defined as the provision of emotional, appraisal, and informational assistance by a created social network member who possesses experiential knowledge of a specific behavior or stressor and similar characteristics as the target population, to address a health-related issue of a potentially or actually stressed focal person. Coping skills training is a psychosocial self-management support intervention focused on improving the coping skills of social problem-solving, communication skills, cognitive-behavioral modification, and stress management. The majority of the studies focused on adolescents. Recommendations for implementation and dissemination research are made.


Diabetes Children Adolescents Peer support Coping skills 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale University School of NursingOrangeUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan School of NursingAnn ArborUSA

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