From May 2011 to April 2013
Project Leader(s): Dr Janice McLaughlin, Professor Allan Colver, Professor Patrick Olivier
Contact: Dr Janice McLaughlin
Physically disabled young people often experience pain; in addition their bodies are undergoing changes associated with adolescence. We do not know much about what this is like for young people and what this means for them. Adolescence is a period surrounded by social and cultural expectations, influenced by notions of what is thought of as normal. Disability complicates such expectations as those around disabled young people often make assumptions about the young person. The research considers: what is it like to be disabled and live with pain, as you move towards adulthood?
The project works with a group of young people to explore their lives at this key stage in their development and social lives. A number of activities are undertaken, including qualitative interviews, digital photography, and virtual social networking. The research is supported by a research panel of disabled young people who guide research design and analysis.
Professor Allan Colver