Evid Based Nurs 4:124 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.4.124
  • Qualitative

Older adolescents with cerebral palsy perceived success to mean being happy, believing in themselves, and being believed in and accepted by others

 QUESTIONS: How do older adolescents with cerebral palsy who are at the transition stage to adult life define success? What are the factors related to success?


Exploratory qualitative study.


Southwestern Ontario, Canada.


10 adolescents with cerebral palsy aged 18–20 years (mean age 19 y, 70% women). 5 adolescents were nearing the end of high school, 2 had recently graduated, and 3 had just begun university or college. 2 adolescents were non-ambulatory. Participants had to have the cognitive and communicative ability to understand abstract questions and articulate thoughts.


2 hour semistructured interviews were held with each participant. Questions were designed to obtain the participant's view of the meaning of success in life and the factors that helped or hindered success. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Transcripts were coded according to a coding scheme; a subset of the transcripts was coded separately by 2 individuals to ensure validity. A constant comparative method was used to …

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