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ERIC Number: EJ835580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Developing a Mental Health Guide for Families and Carers of People with Intellectual Disabilities
Gratsa, Anastasia; Spiller, Mary Jane; Holt, Geraldine; Joyce, Theresa; Hardy, Steven; Bouras, Nick
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n2 p77-86 Mar 2007
Background: Although there is already information available about caring for someone with a mental health problem, there is very little written for families and carers of people with intellectual disabilities. Materials and methods: This paper describes the development of a Guide as such a resource. The consultation stage involved interviews and focus groups with families, service users and paid carers (n = 20) to highlight their needs and preferred format. Additional carers (n = 12) completed structured questionnaires to evaluate the Guide. Results: The initial consultation showed that an easily accessible and user-friendly information resource was needed. The evaluation showed that family carers were satisfied with the Guide, finding it easy to read and covering most of the information required. However, they did highlight areas that needed further detail. Conclusions: The involvement of carers in the development of such resources is essential, emphasizing the benefit of carers' knowledge and experience to professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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