Does it help to talk about tics? An evaluation of a classroom presentation about Tourette syndrome
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 31–38, February 2014
How to Cite
Nussey, C., Pistrang, N. and Murphy, T. (2014), Does it help to talk about tics? An evaluation of a classroom presentation about Tourette syndrome. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19: 31–38. doi: 10.1111/camh.12000
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 AUG 2012
- Tourette syndrome;
- psychosocial intervention;
- peer relationships;
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a poorly understood condition characterised by motor and vocal tics. It may affect children's social functioning at school. This study examined the impact of a psychoeducational intervention (classroom presentation) from multiple perspectives.
We used a mixed-methods, multiple case-study design with interviews, focus groups and self-report questionnaires. Four children with TS, their parents, teachers and classmates (n = 100) took part.
Questionnaire data showed an increase in classmates' knowledge and positive attitudes about TS postintervention. Qualitative data revealed two overarching themes: the impact on classmates in terms of enabling prosocial behaviours, and the impact on the child in terms of their embracing having TS.
A brief psychoeducational intervention enhances knowledge and attitudes of classmates towards children with TS, and improves how children with TS feel about the condition. Further research is needed to evaluate this approach with larger samples of children and to identify mechanisms of change.