Gayle Roux, PhD RN NP-C, is an associate professor and associate dean for faculty at Loyola University Chicago's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
The Experience of Adolescent Women Living with Spina Bifida Part II: Peer Relationships
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 112–119, May-June 2007
How to Cite
Roux, G., Sawin, K. J., Bellin, M. H., Buran, C. F. and Brei, T. J. (2007), The Experience of Adolescent Women Living with Spina Bifida Part II: Peer Relationships. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32: 112–119. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00162.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- ecological model of adaptation;
- peer relationships;
- spina bifida
Relationships are much more complex for those with disabilities than for those without disabilities. This study was part of a larger mixed-method investigation that explored comprehensive aspects of adaptation in adolescents with spina bifida (SB). The purpose of this qualitative component of the study was to explore the experiences of peer relationships in 31 adolescent women with SB. The participants were interviewed, and analysis was conducted for common themes. The five major themes and one subtheme were peers without disabilities (subtheme: peers with disabilities), normalization, challenges in peer connectedness, peer connectedness with adults, and romantic connectedness. Whereas some participants voiced close connections with peers, others described prejudices, stereotyping, and limited dating experiences. Results from this study support the need for comprehensive assessment of social relationships in adolescent women with SB and active interventions to address problems identified. Rehabilitation nurses are in a key position to implement social interventions in adolescents and young women with SB.