The voice of children with cerebral palsy (CP) and their mothers in Saudi Arabia

  • Sanaa Madi

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This research reports the study conducted in Saudi Arabia, which aimed to explore: 1) the perception of the term CP with CP children and their mothers, 2) the implication of the meaning for mothers of children with CP, 3) the experiences of being a child with CP in Saudi Arabia. A qualitative approach was taken using critical ethnography methodology, informed by Bronfenbrenner's (1989, 1992 & 2005) ecological theory framework. Data were collected in two phases: Phase one involved two focus group interviews with 6 mothers of children with CP and follow up semi-structured interviews with three of them. The second phase of the research focused on interviews with children with CP. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 9 children ranging between 5-17 years of age. Talking Mats, an innovative communication tool, was used to enable two children with difficult verbal communication to give their views.
Date of Award1 Oct 2014
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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