Evaluation of a family-based intervention for siblings of children with a disability or chronic illness

Giallo, R and Gavidia-Payne, S 2008, 'Evaluation of a family-based intervention for siblings of children with a disability or chronic illness', Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 1-13.


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Title Evaluation of a family-based intervention for siblings of children with a disability or chronic illness
Author(s) Giallo, R
Gavidia-Payne, S
Year 2008
Journal name Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet)
Abstract This paper describes the outcomes of a 6-week family-based psycho-educational intervention for siblings of children with a disability or chronic illness. A randomised controlled trial method was used with 21 siblings (aged 8-16 years) and their parents. Results revealed a decrease in siblings' emotional symptoms, perceived intensity of daily stress, and use of avoidant coping; a strengthening of family time and routines; and high parental satisfaction with the program. Given the limited number of well-controlled sibling intervention studies, this research is an important step towards developing empirically supported sibling interventions, and is of significance to professionals working with families of children with a disability or chronic illness.
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Keyword(s) siblings
children
disability
chronic illness
adjustment
families
family-based interventions
ISSN 1446-7984
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