I was checking the most frequently used search terms that brought people to my site the other day and one of the top ones was "Pathological Demand Avoidance"
I ran an article a while ago by Deborah Rourke about PDA and it still continues to be very well visited, so I know that this is an important issue for many parents who are seeking information about the condition, which is very under-recognised.
I would now like to introduce you to a mum who would like your help as she researched Pathological Demand Avoidance for her dissertation. Hannah Reynolds has a very personal reason for choosing the subject.
** Please see update at bottom**
Hi, my name is Hannah Reynolds and I am stuying for a MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. I am also mum to two daughters, one of whom I suspect may have Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. I'm fascinated by this condition and, particularly, why some children with PDA behave very differently depending on the environment they are in - between home and school, for example (like my daughter!).
For my dissertation, I will be conducting research into this particular feature of PDA and am currently looking for people who would like to participate in my study once it is up and running (next year).
So, if your child - with OR without an official PDA diagnosis - shows this difference in behaviour between environments, please send an email to [email protected] and I will add you to a database of participants.
I want to make this as informative a piece of research as possible so please, if this description fits you (or anyone else you know), get in touch!
** Update from Hannah January 2012***
It has been necessary for me to tweak my project proposal (this is common in the early planning stages) and, though I will still be researching PDA, I will be conducting a more in-depth, qualitative study into parents' and teachers' experiences of a child with this syndrome. In a couple of months, I will post an update on this website (thank you very much, Tania!) to advertise for participants so please check back for this.
I am very grateful to those parents who have already emailed me and I would like to hold on to all details for any future research I might carry out in this field. Please let me know if you would like your name removed. To any parents who would like to be considered for further research on PDA, please email me - [email protected] - and I will add your name to my database.
Many thanks for your time and don't forget to keep checking for updates!
Founder of Special Needs Jungle. Parent of two sons with Asperger Syndrome. Journalist & author of two novels and a guide to SEN statementing. PR & social media expert. Rare Disease & chronic pain patient advocate.
Founder of Special Needs Jungle. Parent of two sons with Asperger Syndrome.
Journalist & author of two novels and a guide to SEN statementing. PR & social media expert. Rare Disease & chronic pain patient advocate.