Tried and true: Self-regulation theory as a guiding framework for teaching parents diabetes education using human patient simulation

Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, Kimberly Johnson, Karen Cullen, Terry Hamm, Jean Bisordi, Kathleen Blaney, Laura Maguire, Gail Melkus

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Parents become emotionally upset when learning that their child has type 1 diabetes, yet they are expected to quickly learn functional diabetes management. The purpose of this article is to describe the application of self-regulation theory to guide a family-focused education intervention using human patient simulation to enhance the initial education of parents in diabetes management. A brief description is provided of the intervention framed by self-regulation theory. On the basis of the literature, we describe the educational vignettes used based on self-regulation in the randomized controlled trial entitled "Parent Education Through Simulation-Diabetes." Examples of theory-in-practice will be illustrated by parental learning responses to this alternative educational innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-349
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Human patient simulation
  • Parent Education
  • Self-regulation theory
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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