Understanding the Lived Experience of Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Opportunities for Design

Mary Webster, Emma Foster, Rob Comber, Simon Bowen, Tim Cheetham, Madeline Balaam

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Abstract

Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 1 in every 500 children in the UK. Although it is a lifelong condition, there are few if any overt manifestations, which can make it more difficult to meet people with the same condition. To avoid the risk of health complications, an emphasis is placed on a routine of self-management behaviours. However, factors such as the desire to 'fit in' with the peer group may impede adherence and thus increase the probability of diminished health later in life. Creating appropriate peer support networks may be valuable in aiding a young person with diabetes to attend to their condition through interactions with otherwise unseen peers. Through a series of design workshops the context of living with type 1 diabetes and the value of peer support are explored from the perspective of an adolescent. Four types of support are reported: informational; emotional; tangible; and belonging/companionship, and design opportunities explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages140-149
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-3590-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2015
EventIDC 15 - 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children - Tufts University, Medford, Boston, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 201524 Jun 2015

Conference

ConferenceIDC 15 - 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period21/06/1524/06/15

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Peer Support

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    Webster, M., Foster, E., Comber, R., Bowen, S., Cheetham, T., & Balaam, M. (2015). Understanding the Lived Experience of Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Opportunities for Design. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 140-149). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2771839.2771854