A framework for the youth with type 1 diabetes during the emerging adulthood transition

Kathleen M. Hanna

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Emerging adulthood, a developmental period from late adolescence to the late twenties, is a critical transition for youths with type 1 diabetes. This article proposes a framework for emerging adults with diabetes during this transitional time, integrating theoretical writings on transitions and emerging adulthood with empirical findings from younger adolescents with diabetes, about whom more is known. Key health, developmental, and behavioral outcomes are proposed, as well as key influential personal and environmental characteristics. Influential transitional events for this age group are also discussed relative to these outcomes and to personal and environmental characteristics. This framework provides a guide for longitudinal studies on the transition to young adulthood among emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. Identifying key times and influential factors will provide information for designing future effective interventions to improve glycemic control and quality of life for these youths as they transition to adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-410
Number of pages10
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Diabetes
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Framework
  • Transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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