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 0190-7409Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Children and youth services review|
|Departments:||Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research|
|Deposited On:||18 Sep 2012 15:30|
|Last Modified:||14 Mar 2014 10:31|
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