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The lived experiences of female adults seeking a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder

Williams, N, Thomas, M and Kirby, A (2015) 'The lived experiences of female adults seeking a diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder.' The Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal, 13. pp. 21-31.

Abstract

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is characterised by severe motor impairment that impacts on day-to-day living and is thought to be more predominant in males than females. Previous research has focused on the childhood impairments associated with the condition despite emerging evidence suggesting that difficulties continue into adulthood. Even less is known about the experiences of individuals who seek a diagnosis in adulthood - in particular adult females. A semi-structured interview, designed to gather information about the lived experiences of adults with DCD, was conducted with four female participants. A screening questionnaire measuring previous and continuing difficulties was also completed. The interviews revealed the varied pathways to diagnosis experienced by each individual and highlighted the impact of receiving a diagnosis on, not only the individual, but also those closest to them

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2016 18:02
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 11:56
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8419
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