Back to Browse Journals » Patient Preference and Adherence » Volume 7

Perceptions of diabetes obtained through drawing in childhood and adolescence

Authors Isla Pera P, Palacin Lois M, López Matheu C, Honrubia Pérez M, Gómez Rodriguez AM, Armengol Camps E, Sánchez Villalba C, Insa Soria R, Rigol Cuadra A, Marre D

Published Date June 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 595—605


Received 12 March 2013, Accepted 30 April 2013, Published 20 June 2013

Pilar Isla Pera,1 María Palacin Lois,2 Carmen López Matheu,1 María Honrubia Pérez,1 Ana María Gómez Rodriguez,3 Eulalia Armengol Camps,4 Carmen Sanchez Villalba,5 Roser Insa Soria,6 Assumpta Rigol Cuadra,1 Diana Marre7

1Nursing School, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; 2Facultad Psicologia, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; 3Endocrinology Unit, Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Barcelona, Spain; 4Endocrinology Unit, Hospital Vall d'Hebrón, Barcelona, Spain; 5Sanatorium Hospital Foundation The Holy Spirit, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Catalonia, Spain; 6Endocrinology Unit, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Barcelona, Spain; 7Antropologia Social y Cultural, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Objective: To examine whether drawing is useful in the detection of problems of psychosocial adaptation in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and in improving communication with health professionals.
Methods: We performed an exploratory descriptive study in 199 children and adolescents with T1D aged 4–13 years. The participants were asked to render a drawing on a suggested topic. The variables analyzed were related to the drawing and to clinical and sociodemographic data.
Results: Most participants showed evidence of having a well-balanced personality, but there were also signs of affective or psychosocial difficulties.
Conclusion: Drawing is a useful technique by which to identify children’s and adolescents’ feelings and possible problems in adapting to T1D, as well as to gain information directly from the children themselves. Future studies should delimit the possibilities of this technique in clinical practice in greater detail.

Keywords: type 1 diabetes mellitus, childhood and adolescence, drawing, psychosocial factors

Download Article [PDF] View Full Text [HTML] 

Creative Commons License This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. The full terms of the License are available at Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. Permissions beyond the scope of the License are administered by Dove Medical Press Limited. Information on how to request permission may be found at:

Other articles by this author:

Impact of simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation: patients' perspectives

Isla Pera P, Moncho Vasallo J, Guasch Andreu O, Ricart Brulles MJ, Torras Rabasa A

Patient Preference and Adherence 2012, 6:597-603

Published Date: 24 August 2012

Living with diabetes: quality of care and quality of life

Pilar Isla Pera

Patient Preference and Adherence 2011, 5:65-72

Published Date: 20 January 2011

Readers of this article also read:

Green synthesis of water-soluble nontoxic polymeric nanocomposites containing silver nanoparticles

Prozorova GF, Pozdnyakov AS, Kuznetsova NP, Korzhova SA, Emel’yanov AI, Ermakova TG, Fadeeva TV, Sosedova LM

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2014, 9:1883-1889

Published Date: 16 April 2014

Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of acetylsalicylic acid after intravenous and oral administration to healthy volunteers

Nagelschmitz J, Blunck M, Kraetzschmar J, Ludwig M, Wensing G, Hohlfeld T

Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications 2014, 6:51-59

Published Date: 19 March 2014

Population pharmacokinetics of olprinone in healthy male volunteers

Kunisawa T, Kasai H, Suda M, Yoshimura M, Sugawara A, Izumi Y, Iida T, Kurosawa A, Iwasaki H

Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications 2014, 6:43-50

Published Date: 4 March 2014

Methacrylic-based nanogels for the pH-sensitive delivery of 5-Fluorouracil in the colon

Ashwanikumar N, Kumar NA, Nair SA, Kumar GS

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2012, 7:5769-5779

Published Date: 15 November 2012

A novel preparation method for silicone oil nanoemulsions and its application for coating hair with silicone

Hu Z, Liao M, Chen Y, Cai Y, Meng L, Liu Y, Lv N, Liu Z, Yuan W

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2012, 7:5719-5724

Published Date: 12 November 2012

Cross-linked acrylic hydrogel for the controlled delivery of hydrophobic drugs in cancer therapy

Deepa G, Thulasidasan AK, Anto RJ, Pillai JJ, Kumar GS

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2012, 7:4077-4088

Published Date: 27 July 2012

Detemir as a once-daily basal insulin in type 2 diabetes

Nelson SE

Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications 2011, 3:27-37

Published Date: 18 August 2011

Crystallization after intravitreal ganciclovir injection

Pitipol Choopong, Nattaporn Tesavibul, Nattawut Rodanant

Clinical Ophthalmology 2010, 4:709-711

Published Date: 14 July 2010