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Table 3 The meanings of kininaru-kodomo (KK) obtained during the fieldwork phase

From: A hybrid concept analysis of children of concern: Japanese healthcare professionals’ views of children at a high risk of developmental disability

Categories Codes
Children with the capacity for positive change Children who can catch up with support
Children whose possible DDs become less severe over time
Children with ambiguous support needs Children whose behavioral characteristics can be considered as innate or acquired
Children who fall into a gray area of possible DD
Children whose needs assessments do not agree between professionals
Children with a new type of disability Children with a currently increasing type of ASD
Children who have less severe disabilities than disabled children in the past
Children whose parents require parenting support Children whose parents have their own medical and social problems
Children whose parents have never accepted their child’s possible disability
Children whose parents are supported by intentionally not informing them of possible disability