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

Victoria Welch, Chris Hatton, Eric Emerson, Janet Robertson, Michelle Collins, Susanne Langer, Emma Wells

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Abstract

Investigates whether short breaks and respite services for families with a disabled child in England make a difference to siblings. Provides a qualitative analysis of sibling and parent responses. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-459
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume34
Issue number2
Early online date13 Dec 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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Keywords

  • looked after children
  • disabled children
  • short breaks
  • respite care

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