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Keywords:

  • Tourette syndrome;
  • psychoeducation;
  • psychosocial intervention;
  • peer relationships;
  • attitudes

Background

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.

Method

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

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.