Growing up in a mainstream world: a retrospective enquiry into the childhood experiences of young adults with a physical disability.

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Children with disabilities are at greater risk of developing mental health problems than their peers, yet the emotional well-being of this group is largely overlooked and there is scant literature about children with a mobility disability. This study examined the retrospective experiences of growing up with mobility disability. The sample comprised of 16-25 year olds with mobility disability. A thematic analysis, informed by grounded theory was used. Themes identified included a common socio educational journey, conflict between care and independence in school and the impact of being singled out because of disability out side school. The result was a range of psycho-social issues that affected participants view of themselves and the world around them. The study also looked at what the participants found helpful in dealing with the emotional impact of their disability. Whilst some sought help through talking therapies, others found involvement in disability sport was helpful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-197
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2017


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