Adulthood in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD): a Review of Current Literature Based on ICF Perspective

M. Tal Saban, A. Kirby

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Purpose of Review: Emerging adulthood is usually considered to be the period of life between the ages of 16 and 25 years and described as the stage of life bridging between adolescence and adulthood. The emergence into adulthood provides young people with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) with new challenges. The purpose of this review is to understand in depth how people with DCD present at this age, along with their strength, weaknesses, and challenges and how this may relate to the development of potential service models. Recent Findings: The ICF framework was used in this review to consider the interacting biopsychosocial consequences of DCD among young adults. This review indicated DCD as a chronic neurodevelopment disorder across the lifespan. DCD impacts on a variety of body functions, emotional and behavioral status, which result in reduced participation in many areas of life as well as lower feelings of satisfaction and quality of life. Summary: We propose the need for the development of interdisciplinary services based on biopsychosocial and ecological approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Developmental Disorders Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental coordination disorder (DCD)
  • Emerging adulthood
  • The international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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