Neurodiversity: developing guides to success using participator research

Catherine Purcell

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Within any typical population ~10% of individuals will present with neurodiverse profiles that negatively impact on daily life. Neurodiversity is often chronic with prominent symptoms and secondary consequences spanning into adulthood. Most of the research on neurodiverse groups has concentrated on their deficits however adults living with neurodiversity regularly make successful adaptations, often unconsciously, resulting in strong pathways of resilience leading to positive outcomes in higher education, employment, relationships and daily activities. Through participatory emancipatory research we aim to elicit these strategies to develop a series of guides to success as a resource for other adults struggling with neurodiversity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking a difference with psychology
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRichard Benjamin Trust
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Neurodiversity
  • Neurological differences
  • participatory and emancipatory research
  • successful adaptations
  • resilience


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