Disorders of sex development: mothers’ experiences of support

Chivers, C., Burns, J. and Deiros, M. (2017) Disorders of sex development: mothers’ experiences of support. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1359-1045.

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Background: 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.

Methods: Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse semi-structured interviews with eight mothers of children with DSD about their experiences of support.

Results: Four master themes emerged which encapsulated (a) the stages in their child’s development when mothers most needed support, (b) the importance of developing an understanding of the child’s condition, (c) the lack of acknowledgement of the emotional needs of the parent and (d) 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 the level of support they received.

Conclusions: Key time points for support were identified and while some felt that they were well supported others felt that the support available did not meet their emotional needs. Clinical implications and directions for future research were considered.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF075 Psychology. Practice
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0692 Psychology of sex. Sexual behaviour
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Prof Jan Burns
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 12:59
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 15:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16280

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