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Social vulnerability in Williams syndrome : a tendency to approach strangers.

Riby, D. M. and Ridley, E. and Lough, E. and Hanley, M. (2017) 'Social vulnerability in Williams syndrome : a tendency to approach strangers.', in International review of research in developmental disabilities. , pp. 175-199.


In this paper we discuss the social profile associated with the developmental disorder, Williams syndrome (WS), and provide a specific focus on social vulnerability risk factors, such as social approach. To illustrate aspects of social vulnerability and social approach we introduce a case study on a 23-year old adult with WS and their parent. We link the core themes from an interview with the WS adult and their parent back to the existing literature. Finally, we discuss the challenges for future research in this area to inform both theory and intervention.

Item Type:Book chapter
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Date accepted:05 June 2017
Date deposited:09 June 2017
Date of first online publication:19 June 2017
Date first made open access:No date available

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