Use of respite care and coping strategies among Irish families of children with intellectual disabilities

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/139344
Title:
Use of respite care and coping strategies among Irish families of children with intellectual disabilities
Authors:
MacDonald, Elaine; Fitzsimons, Elaine; Walsh, Patricia Noonan
Citation:
Use of respite care and coping strategies among Irish families of children with intellectual disabilities 2007, 35 (1):62 British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Journal:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Issue Date:
Mar-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/139344
DOI:
10.1111/j.1468-3156.2006.00399.x
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1468-3156.2006.00399.x
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The study aimed to identify patterns of respite use and coping strategies among family caregivers in a region of Ireland. Firstly, we asked what child and family characteristics were associated with use of respite care. Secondly, we explored coping strategies reported by family carers. The study was undertaken with a view to informing respite service provision and redressing a gap in the literature on family caregiving. Findings differed from former research by suggesting that the likelihood of families using respite care was not significantly related to presence of challenging behaviours or level of support required by children. Additionally, likelihood of using respite care was not significantly related to family size and social support. Female carers tended to use more 'problem solving' strategies than males. Male carers tended to use more 'managing meaning' coping strategies than females, although some strategies were shared across genders. The need for carers to have confirmation of high standards of care and the importance of supporting male carers was discussed. Study limitations and implications for service provision and research were explored.
Keywords:
RESPITE CARE; INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES; CARERS; COPING; FAMILIES; IRELAND
ISSN:
1354-4187
EISSN:
1468-3156

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMacDonald, Elaineen
dc.contributor.authorFitzsimons, Elaineen
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Patricia Noonanen
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-10T15:42:27Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-10T15:42:27Z-
dc.date.issued2007-03-
dc.identifier.citationUse of respite care and coping strategies among Irish families of children with intellectual disabilities 2007, 35 (1):62 British Journal of Learning Disabilitiesen
dc.identifier.issn1354-4187-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-3156.2006.00399.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/139344-
dc.descriptionThe study aimed to identify patterns of respite use and coping strategies among family caregivers in a region of Ireland. Firstly, we asked what child and family characteristics were associated with use of respite care. Secondly, we explored coping strategies reported by family carers. The study was undertaken with a view to informing respite service provision and redressing a gap in the literature on family caregiving. Findings differed from former research by suggesting that the likelihood of families using respite care was not significantly related to presence of challenging behaviours or level of support required by children. Additionally, likelihood of using respite care was not significantly related to family size and social support. Female carers tended to use more 'problem solving' strategies than males. Male carers tended to use more 'managing meaning' coping strategies than females, although some strategies were shared across genders. The need for carers to have confirmation of high standards of care and the importance of supporting male carers was discussed. Study limitations and implications for service provision and research were explored.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell on behalf of British Institute of Learning Disabilitiesen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1468-3156.2006.00399.xen
dc.subjectRESPITE CAREen
dc.subjectINTELLECTUAL DISABILITIESen
dc.subjectCARERSen
dc.subjectCOPINGen
dc.subjectFAMILIESen
dc.subjectIRELANDen
dc.titleUse of respite care and coping strategies among Irish families of children with intellectual disabilitiesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1468-3156-
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilitiesen
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