A survey of needs of families with disabled children
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A cluster analysis of responses of 78 carers of people with learning disabilities to service needs scales identified high- and low-need groups, each with distinct profiles. In comparison with the low-need group, the high-need group reported greater needs for familial social support; help explaining their child’s handicap to others; assistance with leisure activities for their handicapped member; extrafamilial social support; financial assistance; information on services for families with a handicapped member; information on child development and management; and respite care and counselling. Those in the high-need group perceived the handicapped person for whom they cared to have more behavioural problems and safety skills deficits. The carers in the high-need group also had lower levels of perceived social support and higher levels of family stress. Although high- and low-need groups displayed these disparate psychosocial profiles, they were demographically similar and did not differ in terms of the level of disability of the handicapped people for whom they cared.
Kildare Association for Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped (KARE).
Type of Material
Taylor & Francis
Irish Journal of Psychology
Copyright (Published Version)
1996 Taylor & Francis
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