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Distress in children with learning disabilities at a respite unit: perspective on their experiences

Distress in children with learning disabilities at a respite unit: perspective on their experiences

Radcliffe, Jonathan J.L. and Turk, Vicky (2007) Distress in children with learning disabilities at a respite unit: perspective on their experiences. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 36 (2). 91 -101. ISSN 1354-4187 (doi:0.1111/j.1468-3156.2007.00469.x)

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Abstract

Numerous studies have investigated the benefits of respite to families with a disabled child. Far fewer have examined the effects on the child and none have systematically compared information about this from different sources. Reports of behavioural reactions and views on distress were gathered from parents, teachers and respite staff. Children were also asked for their views. Over half the children (54%) were reported to show medium or strong negative reactions lasting for 1 or more days by a parent or teacher. Reported reactions varied widely between home and school and no concordance was found between parents, teachers and respite staff groups regarding distress. Some children's views differed from those of their parent or teacher. The findings highlight the extent of differences in perspectives and suggest the need for greater awareness of the possible distress to children attending respite. This is discussed in relation to factors such as the potential conflict of interests between parents and children, communication and behavioural difficulties, and the context in which the child is observed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Ref: Radcliffe, J 2008, Distress in children with learning disabilities at a respite unit 0135. Vicky Turk is an honorary member of the School of Health.
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, homesickness, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, respite care, separation anxiety
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:06
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2284

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