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Experiences of Swedish children with disabilities: activities and social support in daily life
Child and Youth Habilitation Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Child and Youth Habilitation Centre, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4247-2236
Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, ISSN 11038128, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 130-9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: The purpose of this study was to describe experiences of everyday activities and social support in daily life in children with disabilities.

METHOD: Interviews were conducted with 33 children (14 girls and 19 boys, aged 7-13 years) with physical, intellectual, or neuro-psychiatric disability. Interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: In many ways, the children described themselves as being like any other child or adolescent. Their narratives showed that they had developed strategies to cope with the consequences of their disability, both socially and in the performance of daily activities. The children received social support in everyday activities, mainly from their family and close friends. Meeting other children with the same disability supported opportunities for identification. However, their experiences of everyday activities were in many cases associated with sadness, especially when they could not participate in activities with their peers.

CONCLUSIONS: According to the children's statements, it is important for people close to these children, both habilitation staff and others, to take responsibility for improving emotional, informative, and instrumental support in order to enable the children to perform and participate in everyday activities.

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London, United Kingdom: Informa Healthcare, 2010. Vol. 17, no 2, p. 130-9
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Medical and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-40413DOI: 10.3109/11038120903114386ISI: 000278023300004PubMedID: 19688641Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77950819929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-40413DiVA, id: diva2:777246
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved

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