The quality of life of young people with Tourette syndrome

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Child Care Health and Development (Impact Factor: 1.7). 08/2009; 35(4):496-504. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.00983.x
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ABSTRACT The study examined a UK sample of 57 young people with Tourette syndrome (TS).
The purpose of this study was to consider the impact of TS on young people's Quality of Life (QoL).
The study used a mixed methods design, combining focus groups and questionnaire data. Child report questionnaires measured QoL and TS symptom severity.
The results showed that the QoL of children with TS was significantly worse than that of children in a UK normative sample. Analysis of transcripts from the groups identified four main themes; 'TS can be distressing and disabling', 'struggling to fit into society's expectations of normal behaviour', 'needing to control tics' and 'TS is one part of who I am'.
Poorer QoL was associated with increased symptom severity in terms of tics, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnosis and obsessive compulsive behaviours.

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