Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 122–129 | Cite as

Driving Behaviour in Young Adults with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

  • A. KirbyEmail author
  • D. Sugden
  • L. Edwards


Between 30 and 70% of children with developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD) will have persistent daily functioning difficulties in adulthood (Cousins and Smyth 2003). However, few DCD studies have focussed specifically on the stage of emerging adulthood. Driving is an important rite of passage which marks the start of independence from parents. Delay, difficulty or avoidance in learning to drive may all have profound social, practical and psychological implications for the young adult with DCD. The driving experiences of 38 students with DCD and 77 typically developing students aged 17–25 years were examined using a semi-structured questionnaire. Quantitative measures indicate that fewer adults with DCD learn to drive compared to controls and that they show continuing difficulties with distance estimation and parking. Qualitative comments give a valuable insight into the learning and driving experiences of adults with DCD. Differences in the driving behaviour of adults with DCD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are discussed, as it is the need to consider guidance on driving skills when providing a package of care for young adults with DCD.


DCD Driving ADHD Executive functioning Motor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Dyscovery Centre, Allt-yr-yn CampusUniversity of WalesNewportUK
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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