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ERIC Number: EJ1126932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
In and on Their Own Terms: Children and Young People's Accounts of Life with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Skyrme, Sarah
Child Care in Practice, v23 n1 p77-89 2017
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with boys and young men who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe, degenerative condition that only affects boys. The main focus of the interviews was to explore how the participants thought they might make a decision to take part in medical research. To better understand this, aspects of the participants' lives were discussed; they talked about the impact of discomfort and declining mobility, and the social issues they experienced, such as discrimination and a sense of difference. Their observations indicate that living with a degenerative condition has physical and social impacts, and that there are limited opportunities for them to talk about these issues. It was also apparent that parents are key figures who provide care for their child, often in the absence of comprehensive support services. Raising these matters privileges the experiences of severely disabled children and young people, who live with increasing muscle weakness, disablist attitudes and intensifying support needs. Their contributions build on understandings of life with a degenerative condition, highlighting the intersection of impairment and social issues in their lived experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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