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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:sec id="j_ijamh-2018-0240_s_999"> <jats:title id="d42772298e258">Introduction</jats:title> <jats:p>Young people’s transition into adulthood is intertwined with the worlds of education and work. Poor health in adolescence has been associated with poorer education and employment outcomes in adulthood. This paper explores the impact of arthritis on the educational and early work experiences of young people with arthritis.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec id="j_ijamh-2018-0240_s_998"> <jats:title id="d42772298e267">Methods</jats:title> <jats:p>We undertook a supplementary secondary analysis of a qualitative dataset comprising narrative and semi-structured interviews of 39 young people who had been diagnosed with arthritis in childhood, adolescence or young adulthood.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec id="j_ijamh-2018-0240_s_997"> <jats:title id="d42772298e276">Results</jats:title> <jats:p>Our findings illustrate how young people living with arthritis are faced with a range of added disruptions and challenges in their educational/vocational lives. There is an important element of resilience associated with the process of making a career choice and acting upon personal aspirations. Appropriate support and flexibility in the workplace/educational setting can enable successful outcomes, but disclosure is not a straightforward process for young people living with arthritis.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec id="j_ijamh-2018-0240_s_996"> <jats:title id="d42772298e285">Conclusions</jats:title> <jats:p>It is paramount that health providers consistently and effectively address self-advocacy skills with the young person, particularly during educational and vocational transitions. Alongside this, there is the need to further strengthen the health-school/work interface to ensure that young people living with chronic illness can meet their full potential in adulthood.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health


Walter de Gruyter GmbH

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