Disorders of sex development: developmental challenges and mothers' experiences of support

Chivers, Clare (2014) Disorders of sex development: developmental challenges and mothers' experiences of support. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

An increasing body of research has sought to determine the impact of Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) on the family of the affected child. Little is currently understood about the support needs of the family and how well these needs are met.
With a focus on mothers as primary caregivers, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse semi-structured interviews with eight mothers of children with DSD about their experiences of support.
Four master themes emerged which encapsulated the stages in their child’s development when mothers most needed support, the importance of developing an understanding of the child’s condition, the lack of an acknowledgement of the emotional needs of the parent, and the importance of having close and trusted networks for support. Continuity and availability of support were considered important and while all participants prioritised maintaining privacy about the condition, a minority felt that this impacted on the level of support they received.
Key periods of time for support were identified and while some felt that they were well supported others felt that their support did not meet their emotional needs. The results were discussed in light of previous research, and the clinical implications considered.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disorders of sex development, support needs, family impact, mothers experiences, social support
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0870 Diseases of the genitourinary system. Urology > RC0883.5 Sex differentiation disorders
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 11:03
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2017 18:02
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12845

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