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Do short break and respite services for families with a disabled child in England make a difference to siblings?:a qualitative analysis of sibling and parent responses

Welch, Vicki and Hatton, Chris and Emerson, Eric and Robertson, Janet and Collins, Michelle and Langer, Susanne and Wells, Emma (2012) Do short break and respite services for families with a disabled child in England make a difference to siblings?:a qualitative analysis of sibling and parent responses. Children and youth services review, 34 (2). pp. 451-459. ISSN 0190-7409

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Abstract

Background: Previous research identifies positive and negative effects of being a sibling in a family which includes a disabled child. Short break services (also known as respite) provide families with a break from caring and offer disabled children the chance to participate in various activities. This paper investigates the effects that these short breaks have on siblings. Methods: The research consists of a qualitative analysis of data collected as part of a survey of families using short break services. Data from 239 parent-carers (mostly biological parents) and 84 siblings are included in the analysis. Data are written responses to open questions about use of services and the effects they have. Results: The effects of short breaks on siblings are described as being mostly positive. Short breaks have the potential to ameliorate some of the negative impacts of being a sibling in a family with a disabled child whilst also promoting the positive impacts of having a disabled brother or sister. However, some siblings also report some adverse effects of short breaks. Conclusion: Short breaks have a significant role to play in promoting the wellbeing of siblings; however, their role currently seems to be largely unrecognised and consequently undervalued.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Children and youth services review
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 58291
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2012 15:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2014 10:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58291

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