Experimental: DiaBetter Together Intervention
Young Adult participants with type 1 diabetes (ages 17-25) who are approaching transfer from pediatric to adult care will be randomized to either the DiaBetter Together Intervention group or the Usual Care group. After randomization to the intervention group, young adults will be assigned a Peer Mentor. Following an intervention manual, the Peer Mentor will teach behavioral strategies and offer support to the young adult. In both conditions, participation in this study will not impact participants’ ability to contact the pediatric TCH diabetes care team or any other medical services to receive medical care.
Behavioral: DiaBetter Together
Following an intervention manual, the Peer Mentor will teach behavioral strategies and offer support to the young adult, including (a) teaching and modeling strengths-based skills for goal-setting, problem-solving, and stress management; (b) guiding participants in obtaining support from their social support network (e.g., family, friends); (c) developing a plan for accountability around diabetes management and follow-up in adult care; (d) sharing his/her transition experiences and strategies for successfully navigating the adult healthcare system; (e) discussing how to prioritize diabetes self-care; and (f) assisting them in accessing diabetes-related resources (e.g., local diabetes groups, apps, social media). Contact will be in-person, by phone, email, text message, and/or video, approximately weekly for first 3 mos, approximately biweekly for next 3 mos, and approximately monthly for last 6 mos (while COVID-19 safety recommendations are in place, in-person meetings will not occur).
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