Gillian Motyer

PhD Student in UCD School of Psychology, Thesis topic: The Psychosocial Impact of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis;

Description: This research will enhance understanding of the psychosocial impact of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, a condition involving sideways curvature of the spine. Adolescence is a significant period of psychological and social development, and living with a chronic health condition during this stage of life presents additional challenges. However, there is limited research exploring the psychosocial adjustment of adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. This research utilises a sequential design, involving both qualitative and quantitative stages, to add to understanding of this topic and to improve the support of scoliosis patients. Gillian has been awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship to conduct this research.