Publication Date

Spring 2018

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Rauch

Second Advisor

Sabrina Chimenti

Third Advisor

Katherine Conway


Type 2 diabetes, Prevention, Parental education, Obesity, Risk factors


The Center for Disease Control reports that there continues to be an increasing number of children being diagnosed with childhood-onset Type Two Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). The recommendation is to provide education to parents regarding the risks and possible risk factors of T2DM, and strategies to prevent and treat these risk factors (Center for Disease Control [CDC], 2014). Educating parents of school age children on T2DM risk factors, and prevention practices may help to slow down this rising number of new cases. The Aim is to provide educational modules that may increase knowledge, which could in-turn change behavior, that may prevent children from being at risk for weight inactivity or have a family history of T2DM.

A qualitative and quantitative study was conducted in a multipurpose room, presentation was provided to parents via PowerPoint regarding risk factors and prevention strategies. The method of analysis was quantitative pre-and posttest survey, with an exploratory qualitative component via questionnaire. Participants (who will be known as parents for this study) were recruited who have children between the ages of eight and ten years old. The goal of this project was to provide education to parents and increase their knowledge on T2DM risk factors for their children. The statistical analyses were significant in this study. There was a significant difference between the pre-and post-test scores, that showed an increase knowledge and an intention to change their behaviors.

Keywords: Type 2 diabetes, prevention, obesity, risk factors, children, parent education


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