Evaluation of a group program for siblings of children with special needs
The University of Adelaide
Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation
Dr Rachel Roberts
Over 200,000 Australian children have a severe disability or chronic illness, most of whom will have at least one sibling. The sibling relationship is often the longest of any, with siblings often taking a caring role when parents are no longer able to. Siblings of children with special needs have an increased risk of mental health problems. The most common intervention provided in Australia is the group program, SibworkS which aims to enhance mental health. This research will be the first to establish whether SibworkS is effective and as such whether it should be offered more widely.