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ERIC Number: EJ794382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Distress in Children with Learning Disabilities at a Respite Unit: Perspectives on Their Experiences
Radcliffe, Jonathan J. L.; Turk, Vicky
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v36 n2 p91-101 Jun 2008
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)