Title

African immigrant parents' understanding of their teenager's newly diagnosed diabetes status in Western Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation

Place of Publication

Australia

Faculty

f

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

19365

Comments

Originally published as: Hart, A. S., Bayes, S., Geraghty, S. (2015). African immigrant parents' understanding of their teenager's newly diagnosed diabetes status in Western Australia. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Journal, 22(11), 39-49. Original article available here

Abstract

Background: Recently Western Australia has seen a rise in African population due to both economic and refugee migration. Concurrently, a rise in the numbers of teenagers of African origin diagnosed with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and associated complications has been noticeable. Different ethnic background is a known risk factor for poor metabolic control; this trend is reflected in studies wherein people of African origin have been found to have a high risk of developing diabetes. What is evident from health promotion literature is that parents of teenagers with a chronic health condition, when they are well informed about that condition, play a key part its management. Little is known, though, about what African migrant parents understand about diabetes and its dietary control.