Brief Report: Women with Turner Syndrome: A Maturational and Developmental Perspective

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The purpose of this qualitative exploratory study was to (a) gain an increased understanding of how adult women with Turner syndrome (TS) have experienced the impact of this disorder on their personal development and maturation; and (b) identify other significant aspects of their maturation and development that emerge as crucial to their well-being. It employed a descriptive exploratory research approach wherein three women with TS were interviewed in an open, unstructured format to determine how TS had affected their lives. Analysis of transcribed interview data generated five themes: Relationships, Issues Related to TS, Coping Mechanisms, Maturation and Development, and Interpersonal Style. The first two themes are discussed and interpreted using adult development theory.

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