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Social vulnerability in Williams syndrome: A tendency to approach strangers

Riby, D.M.; Ridley, E.; Lough, E.; Hanley, M.


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Ellen Ridley
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

E. Lough


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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 5, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 19, 2017
Publication Date Jun 19, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 9, 2017
Journal International review of research on developmental disabilities.
Print ISSN 2211-6095
Publisher Academic Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 52
Pages 175-199