For the purpose of this study lived experience is operationally defined as the lived experience of teenage diabetics as described during one-on-one interviews.
Delimitations for this study include the use of the phenomenological method with one-on-one interviews for assessment of the lived experience of the diabetic adolescent, which may not reflect all of the experiences of all diabetic adolescents.
The sample selected for this study will be from an available volunteer population; therefore, results of this research may not be generalizable to individuals in other geographical locations. A small sample size is an additional study limitation. Since the study is qualitative in nature and lacks quantitative data for analysis, findings are descriptive in nature.
For this study it is assumed that the participants are experienced with living with diabetes. Accuracy of self-reporting is also assumed.
Inclusion criteria for this study are as follows: diagnosis of diabetes for at least one year; and 14 to 18 years of age.
The findings from this study will provide a more comprehensive understanding of adolescents with diabetes seeking clinical management from Nurs