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Exploring diagnostic processes: Social science perspectives

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Janice McLaughlinORCiD



This review explores social science analyses of diagnosis of childhood neurological disabilities. The paper moves through three sections, which capture the historical and conceptual trends within the literature. The first focuses on work identifying the need to communicate effectively with parents when giving a diagnosis, the second explores the role parents can play as "partners" or contributors to diagnosis, and the final section goes further in exploring the social complexity of diagnoses in order to examine the embedded nature of social practices, power relations and hierarchies, and institutions in the diagnosis encounter.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McLaughlin J

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood

Year: 2005

Volume: 90

Issue: 3

Pages: 284-287

Print publication date: 01/03/2005

ISSN (print): 0003-9888

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2044


DOI: 10.1136/adc.2004.052118

PubMed id: 15723919