Exploring informed choice in the context of self-directed support for disabled young people in transition: A qualitative study

MSc Dissertation on Research Unbound. Transitions between children’s and adult social care services for disabled young people are recognised internationally as being challenging for the young person, their families and services. The dissertation explored the phenomenon of informed choice in relation to the policy of self-directed support for disabled young people in transition from child to adult social care supports.

The research involved multiple qualitative methods involving secondary analysis of qualitative longitudinal interview data, and primary interviews with a range of stakeholders. The study developed middle-range theories and hypotheses concerning the facilitators and barriers to informed choice for disabled young people in transition.