Models of service support for parents of disabled children. What do we know? What do we need to know?
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2002
Child: Care, Health and Development
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 85–99, March 1999
How to Cite
Sloper, P. (1999), Models of service support for parents of disabled children. What do we know? What do we need to know?. Child: Care, Health and Development, 25: 85–99. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2214.1999.25220120.x
- Issue published online: 30 MAY 2002
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2002
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- disabled children;
Research carried out over a number of years provides a consistent picture of the experiences and needs of parents of disabled children. Recent studies, based on models of stress and coping, have identified factors which relate to high or low levels of parental distress. Whilst this research can provide useful information for service development, there appears to have been little change over the years in parents' reports of unmet need. It is clear that parental need covers a wide range of aspects of family life and holistic models of service support are required. Although evaluation studies which identify models of services that can change this situation are few, there are positive examples of models of support. The paper reviews the findings of such evaluation and identifies a number of important characteristics of effective service models.