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dc.contributor.authorHighet, Pamela
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-15T20:41:29Z
dc.date.available2017-03-15T20:41:29Z
dc.date.issued1999
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/10575
dc.description.abstractDouble vision is a common symptom of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This thesis is also about double vision in other ways. It is concerned with the perceptions of women with MS of the double discrimination, which they experience, both as women and as disabled people. It is also about the disjuncture between medical views of MS and the lived experiences of women with MS. Seven women with MS were interviewed in depth for this research. Despite considerable diversity in MS experiences, a number of main themes emerged from these interviews. These included years of uncertainty and stress prior to receiving a definite diagnosis of MS, poor communication on the part of health professionals, high financial costs and difficulties associated with MS and the toll on family life, including 'caregiver burnout' and divorce. Many of the difficulties experienced by these women could have been eased considerably with more information and practical and financial support. The aim of the thesis is to highlight these themes in order to inform people newly diagnosed with MS, their caregivers and families, health and social work professionals and policy makers about some of the main issues and needs experienced by women with MS.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectMultiple sclerosisen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectDiseasesen_US
dc.titleDouble vision : the experience of multiple sclerosis through the eyes of women : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work at Massey Universityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Policyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Work (M.S.W.)en_US


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