Impact of childhood chronic illnesses on siblings: a literature review.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207394
Title:
Impact of childhood chronic illnesses on siblings: a literature review.
Authors:
O' Brien, Irene; Duffy, Anita; Nicholl, Honor
Affiliation:
Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.
Citation:
Br J Nurs. 2009 Dec 10-2010 Jan 13;18(22):1358, 1360-5.
Journal:
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207394
PubMed ID:
20081690
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Childhood illness can have a significant impact on families, particularly on the ill child's siblings. There is a dearth of published literature focusing on the needs of siblings of ill children. AIM: This literature review aims to provide an overview of the current healthcare literature in relation to the impact of childhood chronic illness or disability on siblings. METHOD: A literature review was undertaken by searching the databases CINAHL, PsycINFO, ProQuest and Cochrane Library for relevant articles in English using the search terms: 'siblings', 'chronic illness', 'disability', 'cancer', 'sibling relations', 'sibling adjustment', 'coping', 'family-centred care', 'sibling interventions', 'camps', 'autism', 'Down's syndrome'. Seventeen research studies in total were reviewed. RESULTS: This review focuses on three sibling groups related to children suffering from autism, cancer and Down's syndrome, and are discussed under the following headings: sibling adjustment; family functioning and sibling's coping resources; and intervention programmes. CONCLUSION: The literature revealed that siblings of children with Down's syndrome were well adjusted to living with their brother or sister. However, there was conflicting information on the adjustment of siblings of children with cancer and autism. An awareness of the harmful effect that living with childhood illness and disability can have on some siblings is essential to enable healthcare professionals to provide supportive interventions to protect siblings' physical and emotional wellbeing.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Adaptation, Psychological; Attitude to Health; Child; Child Psychology; *Chronic Disease/psychology; *Cost of Illness; Data Collection; *Disabled Children/psychology; Family Health; Humans; Nursing Methodology Research/*organization & administration; Quality of Life; Research Design; Sibling Relations; Siblings/*psychology
ISSN:
0966-0461 (Print); 0966-0461 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO' Brien, Ireneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDuffy, Anitaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNicholl, Honoren_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T10:23:53Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T10:23:53Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T10:23:53Z-
dc.identifier.citationBr J Nurs. 2009 Dec 10-2010 Jan 13;18(22):1358, 1360-5.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0966-0461 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0966-0461 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid20081690en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207394-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Childhood illness can have a significant impact on families, particularly on the ill child's siblings. There is a dearth of published literature focusing on the needs of siblings of ill children. AIM: This literature review aims to provide an overview of the current healthcare literature in relation to the impact of childhood chronic illness or disability on siblings. METHOD: A literature review was undertaken by searching the databases CINAHL, PsycINFO, ProQuest and Cochrane Library for relevant articles in English using the search terms: 'siblings', 'chronic illness', 'disability', 'cancer', 'sibling relations', 'sibling adjustment', 'coping', 'family-centred care', 'sibling interventions', 'camps', 'autism', 'Down's syndrome'. Seventeen research studies in total were reviewed. RESULTS: This review focuses on three sibling groups related to children suffering from autism, cancer and Down's syndrome, and are discussed under the following headings: sibling adjustment; family functioning and sibling's coping resources; and intervention programmes. CONCLUSION: The literature revealed that siblings of children with Down's syndrome were well adjusted to living with their brother or sister. However, there was conflicting information on the adjustment of siblings of children with cancer and autism. An awareness of the harmful effect that living with childhood illness and disability can have on some siblings is essential to enable healthcare professionals to provide supportive interventions to protect siblings' physical and emotional wellbeing.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdaptation, Psychologicalen_GB
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Healthen_GB
dc.subject.meshChilden_GB
dc.subject.meshChild Psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Chronic Disease/psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Cost of Illnessen_GB
dc.subject.meshData Collectionen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Disabled Children/psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshFamily Healthen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshNursing Methodology Research/*organization & administrationen_GB
dc.subject.meshQuality of Lifeen_GB
dc.subject.meshResearch Designen_GB
dc.subject.meshSibling Relationsen_GB
dc.subject.meshSiblings/*psychologyen_GB
dc.titleImpact of childhood chronic illnesses on siblings: a literature review.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentOur Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)en_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-
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