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Adolescents managed their asthma or diabetes in gendered ways with the aim of projecting different gendered identities
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QUESTION: How do social constructions of femininities and masculinities affect how adolescents live with and manage asthma or diabetes?

Design

Qualitative research design using indepth interviews held in the participant's home.

Setting

Hospitals and general practitioners' offices in south west London, UK.

Participants

40 adolescents between 15 and 18 years of age, 20 with moderate to severe asthma (10 girls and 10 boys) and 20 with type 1 diabetes (10 girls and 10 boys). Mothers (and one father) of the adolescents also participated.

Methods

Qualitative interviews were conducted as flexible, semistructured guided conversations. The interview consisted of a series of prompts relating to topics of treatment, stigma, and illness management. The interviews were taped and fully transcribed. Transcripts were coded using the system of open coding described by Strauss and Corbin. A grounded theory approach was taken, which allowed themes and concepts to emerge from the data.

Main findings

Girls incorporated asthma or …

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