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Learning disability: experience of diagnosis


  • Learning Disabilities


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Published Date

  • 2014


  • Studies have focused on the experience of diagnosis from the perspectives of parents of children with learning disabilities, but there has been limited methodologically rigorous investigation into the experience for the person themselves. Eight participants were recruited from a range of different backgrounds. Interviews were analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Three main themes emerged. The first concerned awareness of difference. Participants described becoming aware of an unwanted difference at school. Adolescence appeared as a time when an increased understanding of disability developed. In the second theme of ‘the relationship with nondisabled others’, participants described their opinions on labelling and their perspectives on how others viewed them. The final theme explored coping responses to stigma.
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