Well-being and resilience in children with speech and language disorders

Lyons, R. and Roulstone, S. (2018) Well-being and resilience in children with speech and language disorders. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 61. pp. 324-344. ISSN 1092-4388 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/33885

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Purpose: Children with speech and language disorders are at risk in relation to psychological and social well-being. The aim of this study was to understand the experiences of these children from their own perspectives focusing on risks to their well-being and protective indicators which may promote resilience. Method: Eleven 9- to 12-year-old children (4 males and 7 females) were recruited using purposeful sampling. One participant presented with a speech sound disorder, one presented with both a speech and language disorder, and nine with language disorders. All were receiving additional educational supports. Narrative inquiry, a qualitative design, was employed. Data were generated in home and school settings using multiple semi-structured interviews with each child over a six month period. A total of 59 interviews were conducted. The data were analysed to identify themes in relation to potential risk factors to well-being and protective strategies. Results: Potential risk factors in relation to well-being were: communication impairment and disability, difficulties with relationships, and concern about academic achievement. Potential protective strategies were: hope, agency, and positive relationships. Conclusion: This study highlights the need to listen to children’s narratives so those at risk in relation to well-being can be identified. Conceptualization of well-being and resilience within an ecological framework may enable identification of protective strategies at both individual and environmental levels that can be strengthened to mitigate negative experiences.

Item Type: Article
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Dr M. Tomlinson
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 16:07
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 16:03
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/33885


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