Responsibility sharing for adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A scoping review

Lisa Gardener, Laura Desha, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Jenny Ziviani

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Background: The term ‘Responsibility Sharing’, albeit poorly defined, has emerged from the diabetes literature, to describe a distinct mechanism for comprehensively managing the characteristic shift in responsibility that underpins the transition to self-management for adolescents. Methods: A scoping review, following the PRISMA-ScR guidelines, distilled the literature from seven databases to answer the questions: What is responsibility sharing? Who are the key stakeholders? What factors affect responsibility transaction? What are its recognized outcomes? How is responsibility shared? Results: Responsibility sharing is a transactional arrangement between youth and their caregiver/s that functions to repeatedly and flexibly apply ownership to the management of diabetes care tasks, across the course of adolescence. In the main, responsibility sharing was associated with better metabolic and/or psychosocial outcomes. Effective responsibility sharing was seen as being responsive to adolescent capacity and driven by autonomy supportive, sustained communication patterns that enable mutually agreeable responsibility assumption by all stakeholders. Conclusion: Different perspectives on responsibility sharing for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, and the lack of a universal definition, have led to discordance within the literature about its operationalization and measurement. This paper proposes a definition of responsibility sharing for future researchers to apply.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-21
Number of pages16
JournalChronic Illness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • adolescent
  • chronic illness
  • Responsibility
  • self-management
  • type 1 diabetes

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