The relationship of two aspects of family life to metabolic control wereexamined as part of a longitudinal study of school-aged children with newly diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Glycosylated hemoglobin level was the primary index of metabolic control; weight-adjusted insulin dosage served as an indirect index. Neither the quality of family life nor aspects of the parents' marriage predicted the child's metabolic control over the next 3–4 mo, and they were also unrelated toconcurrent weight-adjusted insulin dosage. Longitudinal data spanning a 6-yr period of the child's diabetes also failed to reveal an association between aspects of family life and metabolic control. The significance ofthe findings are discussed in light of the sample's characteristics and possible methodological constraints.

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