Family voices: Life for family carers of people with intellectual disability in Ireland

D Chadwick, H Mannan, Roy McConkey, E.G. Iriarte, P. O'Brien, F Finlay, A Lawlor, G Harrington

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    Background Families in Ireland remain the main providers of support for people with Intellectual disabilities, and the aim of this study was to map their life experiences whilst involving their family members as co-researchers. Materials and Method This qualitative, participatory study involved 10 focus groups attended by 70 parents and siblings of people with intellectual disabilities. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results Caring for a family member with intellectual disabilities was found to be a dynamic and adaptiveprocess. The well-being of the family and the challenges they face throughout their lives was the central theme identified. This was affected by: the availability of appropriate supports for families and having to advocate for them, communication and relationshipswith services and professionals, the availability of information and attitudes towards disability and governmental support. Conclusions Strategies are suggested as to how services can better support family carers in Ireland in their role. These include families being provided with flexible and timely support for families at critical times; being offered services, support, entitlements and information without having to fight for them; knowing that their family member with intellectual disabilities is well cared for, listened to and provided with opportunities to develop and be part of the community; and carers beingshown respect, listened to and involved in decisions.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages119-132
    JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

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    Intellectual Disability
    Caregivers
    Life Change Events
    Focus Groups
    Siblings
    Parents
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    Chadwick, D., Mannan, H., McConkey, R., Iriarte, E. G., O'Brien, P., Finlay, F., ... Harrington, G. (2013). Family voices: Life for family carers of people with intellectual disability in Ireland. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 26(2), 119-132. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12003
    Chadwick, D ; Mannan, H ; McConkey, Roy ; Iriarte, E.G. ; O'Brien, P. ; Finlay, F ; Lawlor, A ; Harrington, G. / Family voices: Life for family carers of people with intellectual disability in Ireland. In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability. 2013 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 119-132.
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    Family voices: Life for family carers of people with intellectual disability in Ireland. / Chadwick, D; Mannan, H; McConkey, Roy; Iriarte, E.G.; O'Brien, P.; Finlay, F; Lawlor, A; Harrington, G.

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