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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, Victoria 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

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.