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ERIC Number: EJ950323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
The Emotional Impact of Being Recently Diagnosed with Dyslexia from the Perspective of Chiropractic Students
Kong, Shelley Young
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v36 n1 p127-146 2012
Increased awareness and improved tests have contributed to the identification of rising numbers of dyslexic students entering higher education in the United Kingdom. Nearly half of these students are not diagnosed until they start their HE courses. Studies of experiences of dyslexic students diagnosed as children exist; however, there is little comparable information on dyslexic students diagnosed as adults. This qualitative study explores the experiences of six students diagnosed with dyslexia after starting their Masters degrees. Their personal accounts were analysed using thematic analysis. The major themes identified were: (1) Distress; (2) Self-doubt; (3) Embarrassment; (4) Frustration; (5) Relief; (6) Confidence; and (7) Motivation. The findings revealed that being diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult can be cathartic or devastating depending on the individual's current emotional status and personality. However, as they develop a deeper understanding of what dyslexia means and how it affects them as individuals, the diagnosis becomes a liberating revelation. Once the label is accepted, the individual can embrace the change in lifestyle that the diagnosis necessitates. This study provides a deeper understanding of the consequences of a late diagnosis and highlights the need for management approaches to be individually tailored to specific needs. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom