Adolescents with type 1 diabetes face barriers that can have a negative influence on self-management behaviors. This study was an analysis of semi-structured interviews with adolescents, parents, and health care providers to better understand these barriers among adolescents in Jordan. Adolescents with type 1 diabetes reported individual-level barriers including feeling labeled, pitied, and stigmatized for having type 1 diabetes. They also discussed the system-level barrier of an education system that does not adapt to meet their needs. Individual- and system-level barriers are interrelated and could influence adolescents’ decisions regarding whether to disclose their condition to others.

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