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The loneliness experiences of young adults with cerebral palsy who use alternative and augmentative communication

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by L Cooper, Susan BalandinSusan Balandin, D Trembath
Young adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems may be at increased risk of loneliness due to the additional challenges they experience with communication. Six young adults, aged 24-30 years, who used AAC and had cerebral palsy, participated in in-depth interviews to explore their experiences of loneliness as they made the transition into adulthood. A total of five major themes in the data were identified using the constant comparative method of analysis. Three of these themes were discussed by all participants: (a) Support Networks, (b) AAC System Use, and (c) Technology. The authors concluded that these three themes were most important in understanding the experiences of loneliness of the young adults with cerebral palsy who participated in this study.

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Journal

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Volume

25

Issue

3

Pagination

154 - 164

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0743-4618

eISSN

1477-3848

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Copyright notice

2009, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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