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6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference

London, UK

Mei-Yin Lee

Mei-Yin Lee

Mackay Medical College School of Nursing, Taiwan

Title: Social adaptation experiences of adolescents with tourette syndrome in Taiwan


Biography: Mei-Yin Lee


Tourette Syndrome is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder with an onset during childhood. Its symptoms include tics and comorbidities that are involuntary and difficult to hide, forcing adolescents with the syndrome to experience physical discomforts and emotional disorder, which interfere with interpersonal relationships, the establishment of self-esteem, and social adaptation and even affect their social interactions with people during adulthood. The purpose of this study is to investigate the social adaptation experiences of interactions with other people for those adolescents with Tourette Syndrome and its unique tics. Phenomenology is the research design employed. This study used purposive sampling to enroll patients at the outpatient clinic of the Pediatric in Taiwan as the subjects. This study interviewed a total of 16 adolescents with Tourette Syndrome and collected data by using open-ended questions in one-on-one, in-depth interviews that lasted 1 to 1.5 hours. Giorgi’s phenomenological analysis methods were applied to analyze the data, and four criteria were employed to evaluate methodological rigor. The research results derived a total of four themes: (1) my encounter and coexistence with Tourette Syndrome; (2) family interactions with love and care; (3) peers are beneficial to the stabilization of campus life; (4) learning difficulties with tics. The research results can help medical personnel, special educators, and school teachers understand the empirical social adaptation experiences of adolescents with Tourette Syndrome, as well as develop intervention measures and consultations that meet the needs of adolescents with Tourette Syndrome, in order to assist them in achieving a proper social adaptation.