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Adolescent chronic illness : a qualitative study of psychosocial adjustment

Olsson, C. A., Bond, L., Johnson, M. W., Forer, D. L., Boyce, M. F. and Sawyer, S. M. 2003, Adolescent chronic illness : a qualitative study of psychosocial adjustment, Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 43-50.

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Title Adolescent chronic illness : a qualitative study of psychosocial adjustment
Author(s) Olsson, C. A.ORCID iD for Olsson, C. A. orcid.org/0000-0002-5927-2014
Bond, L.
Johnson, M. W.
Forer, D. L.
Boyce, M. F.
Sawyer, S. M.
Journal name Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 43
End page 50
Total pages 8
Publisher Academy of Medicine Singapore
Place of publication Singapore
Publication date 2003-01
ISSN 0304-4602
Keyword(s) coping
emotional well-being
peer support
resilience
young people
Summary Introduction: The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychosocial issues facing young people living with a chronic medical condition.

Materials and Methods: Subjects were young people with a range of medical conditions who were on a waiting list to participate in the Chronic Illness Peer Support programme at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Young people agreed to in-depth interviews which were taped and transcribed. Thematic analysis was undertaken by two researchers working independently.

Results: Thirty-five young people were interviewed. Thematic analysis revealed five broad themes: control (in control, under control, out of control); emotional reactions (happiness, frustration, anger, sadness, anxiety); acceptance (of illness, of others, of self); coping strategies, and; a search for meaning. The importance of social connections was emphasised. While illustrating the difficulties of managing a chronic medical condition during adolescence, a generally positive message emerges about these young people.

Conclusions:
Many young people with chronic illness appear relatively resilient in the face of the adjustment challenges presented by their illness. Interventions that allow a young person to explore meaning, build self-esteem, and acceptance through positive social connections are likely to improve adjustment outcomes in this group.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043818

Document type: Journal Article
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