Diabetic Adolescents and Their Families presents an innovative approach to the study of coping with chronic illness by focusing on the developmental context in its description of a longitudinal study of families with a diabetic adolescent. Inge Seiffge-Krenke considers perspectives of the ill adolescents, their parents, and the physicians treating them. Highlighted topics include typical stressors, individual and family coping strategies and psychosocial consequences associated with diabetes. The author also examines the changes that occur in adolescents' self-concept and body image and analyzes the relationships with parents, physicians, friends, and romantic partners as sources of support and stress. Numerous case studies illustrate the difficulty of balancing normative development and adherence to the therapeutic regimen. By integrating clinical concerns and fundamental findings of developmental psychology, this book provides a significant contribution to the study of adolescent health psychology.