McKiernan, A., Carr, A., O’Keeffe, L., Butler, E., Quinn, C., & Guerin, S. (2020). Levels of satisfaction with children’s respite services, parental coping and family functioning. Health & Social Care in the Community, 28(2), 568–575.
Our Article of the Month for February is:
Levels of satisfaction with children’s respite services, parental coping and family functioning.
This study investigated the relationship between parents’ satisfaction with respite services and their family functioning and parental coping. 32 families were included in this study and they collected measures at baseline and again at 12-months.
- At baseline the parents expressed satisfaction with their short break/respite programs and coping but their family functioning were low.
- It was found that there was a negative correlation between the age of the child and parental coping. Parent’s with older children used certain coping strategies less.
- They did not find that their was increased satisfaction overtime during the 12- month evaluation
- They found that it is possible that short-breaks do not effect family functioning or parental coping or short-breaks may actually keep the family from declining over time.
- Further investigation is needed to compare the family functioning and parental coping between parents who use short-breaks and those who do not
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