A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood for young people living with cerebral palsy : a meta-ethnography (2020)

Boyle, P., Vuoskoski, P., Stew, G., & Galvin, K. T. (2020). Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood for young people living with cerebral palsy : a meta-ethnography. Disability and Society, Ahead of Print. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2020.1822785

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All authors or editors: Boyle, Paul; Vuoskoski, Pirjo; Stew, Graham; Galvin, Kathleen T.

Journal or series: Disability and Society

ISSN: 0968-7599

eISSN: 1360-0508

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Ahead of Print

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2020.1822785

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Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood appears to be a challenging period for young people living with cerebral palsy. The aim of this review was to highlight the challenges that might be experienced during this period. A systematic search of the literature and meta-ethnographic review examined seven qualitative research papers providing a detailed synthesis in the form of three domains summarised as ‘meaningful preparation for transition’, ‘becoming empowered’, and, ‘overcoming vulnerability’. These inform a discussion which shows that adolescents living with cerebral palsy are not prepared adequately for adult life. Examination of the literature stimulates curiosity as to the nature of living with cerebral palsy whilst transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. No studies have been carried out exploring this experience in the UK and lifeworld research to inform policy and practice in this area is recommended.

Keywords: cerebral palsy; cerebral palsied; youth; young people; transitional phase; adulthood; rehabilitation; occupational therapy; ethnography; systematic reviews

Free keywords: cerebral palsy; transition; adolescence; young people; meta-ethnography

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