is my Masters of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) thesis, and it is quite large.
Rather than post the thesis in its entirety on this page, the abstract
alone is below.
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children (M age 12.6) with Tourette's syndrome (TS), their
parents, and their non-affected siblings were interviewed to establish
whether each viewed TS as unchangeable, uncontrollable, and beyond the
responsibility of the individual with TS (i.e. whether they were entity
theorists), or whether they saw their disorder as malleable, manageable,
and as something the individual with TS should be accountable for (i.e.
whether they were incremental theorists). It was found that TS'ers
with an entity view suffered from lower self-esteem, felt more helpless,
and had worse sibling interactions than did those who held incremental
views towards TS. All family members agreed that TS'ers
should be held less responsible for tics than for associated symptoms
(anger/rage, impulsivity), but overall there was little agreement on
attitude towards TS. Disorder severity did not predict attitude
towards the disorder, and one's own attitude towards the disorder
predicted fathers' relationship satisfaction, but not mothers'.
A research project
presented to the University of Waterloo
in fulfillment of the
research project requirement for the degree of
Master of Applied Science
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by B. Duncan McKinlay, Ph.D., C.Psych. in a private capacity and
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