Exploring the Needs of Siblings of Disabled Children

Naylor, A. and Prescott, P. (2003) Exploring the Needs of Siblings of Disabled Children. Annual Conference, British Psychological Society, 13-15 March, Bournemouth.

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Objectives: Previous research indicates the profound effect that a disabled child can have on the family. Although the need for sibling support is within current legislation, the position of the non-disabled sibling within this equation can be unclear. The research aims to further identify current provision and future service needs for siblings of disabled children, in particular sibling support groups. Design: This paper is work in progress involving liaison work with several agencies in order to design and carry out the pilot study. Method: Through liasing with agencies to assess the current range of provision, a questionnaire measuring both quantitative and qualitative data is currently been developed in order to assess the needs of non-disabled siblings. Results: Current provision and recommendations within the area of sibling support are discussed. The initial research indicates both a desire and need for further service provision to meet the needs of siblings. Merits for both the family and the individual are highlighted. Conclusions: Though a preliminary study, the findings aim to extend previous research on the consideration of resources provision for siblings and families. The results may have implications for practice in addressing specific preventative interventions

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2010 13:35
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/1119

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