CURTIN’S School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, is leading a team of researchers investigating the link between risk taking behaviours and Type 1 Diabetes in 18 to 25 year olds.
The study requires volunteers willing to participate in a dialogue-type interview to find out more about the unique challenges and experiences that young adults face with Type 1 Diabetes in relation to alcohol consumption, eating, exercise frequency and emotional coping strategies.
Study leader Associate Professor Barbara Mullans said the study would build on previous research that looked at younger Type 1 diabetics and their eating habits.
“There are a lot of problems around these ages where people just want to fit it and that is difficult to do with a chronic illness,” she said.
“Being 18-25 is hard (too) leaving school, starting university of moving out of home is difficult for anyone so we want to know what (Type 1 Diabetics) are doing to cope with stress.”
A/Prof Mullans said there was little research about alcohol and food consumption such as turning to wine or chocolate after a bad day.
“The consequences of this on young people with Type 1 Diabetes are much greater. Little is known about the coping behaviours of this particular group,” she said.
“There is a lot about eating habits, but not as a coping mechanism.”
If you are interested in participating, contact A/Prof Mullans at Barbara.Mullan@curtin.edu.au.