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A qualitative exploration of adolescents' experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome.
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PMID:  20179018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study is to provide a qualitative perspective of adolescents' experiences of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Five adolescents who were considered to have recovered from CFS participated in semistructured interviews regarding their experience. The transcripts were then analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Five main themes were identified to represent common shared experiences across participants.These related to seeking understanding around the illness, experiences of loss, perceived influences on the illness, difficult emotional experiences, and adolescents' status post recovery. While significant efforts are being made to increase knowledge and understanding of CFS within the child and adolescent population there is still much to be learned, as is evident from this direct account of adolescents' experiences. We identify implications for clinical practice and suggestions for future research in light of listening to the adolescents' stories.
Rebecca Jelbert; Jacqui Stedmon; Alison Stephens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-02-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical child psychology and psychiatry     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1461-7021     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-12     Completed Date:  2010-06-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9604507     Medline TA:  Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  267-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Plymouth, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Interviews as Topic
Peer Group
Qualitative Research
Social Support*

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