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

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume64
    Issue number2
    Early online date9 Jun 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2017

    Keywords

    • Childhood disability
    • Childhood mental counselling
    • Disability sport
    • Inclusion
    • Mobility impairments
    • Psychosocial barriers
    • School inclusion

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