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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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ALENCAR, Delmo de Carvalho et al. Feelings of adolescents with Diabetes Mellitus regarding the process of living with the disease. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2013, vol.66, n.4, pp.479-484. ISSN 0034-7167.

Qualitative research conducted in a diabetes service in the countryside of the state of Ceará, Brazil, with 11 teenagers with diabetes mellitus. The study aimed to understand the experience of adolescents facing the process of living with diabetes. Data were collected in 2007 May and June, through semi-structured interviews. It was observed that the teenager faces difficulties since the moment of diagnosis, especially because their food habits and lifestyles need to change, triggering feelings like fear, insecurity and anger. Over time, they incorporate the necessary changes to treatment and care, and begin to see the disease as normal. One concludes that it is necessary to understand teenagers, their behaviors, fears and desires and support them in the different areas of this experience.

Keywords : Diabetes Mellitus; Teenager; Pediatric Nursing; Qualitative Research.

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