Examining the experiences of a short break scheme amongst adolescents with disabilities (service users) and their parents

Spruin, E., Abbott, N. and Holt, N. (2017) Examining the experiences of a short break scheme amongst adolescents with disabilities (service users) and their parents. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 64. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1034-912X.

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Abstract

The present research explored the impact of local short break scheme on the strengths and difficulties of disabled adolescents and their parents. At the end of the scheme disabled children (N=11) took part in semi-structured interviews to evaluate their experiences of the scheme. Data was also collected from their parents (N=7), who completed questionnaires measuring their strengths and difficulties (SDQ, Goodman, 2001) and levels of parental stress (PSI, Abdin, 1995). The findings highlighted that short break schemes can have numerous beneficial effects on disabled adolescent’s health, development and wellbeing. Moreover, the findings suggest that these potential benefits extend beyond the scheme participants to their parents. Finally, areas for future developments emerged, including: funding for more resources, development of young people’s skills, implementing more activities, provide a longer scheme and most significantly the need to develop young adult short break schemes to help aid the transition into adulthood for those from 18 years of age.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1390 Education of special classes of persons > LC3950 Exceptional children and youth. Special education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1390 Education of special classes of persons > LC3950 Exceptional children and youth. Special education > LC4001 Children and youth with disabilities
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Liz Spruin
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 16:43
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2017 09:19
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13942

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