Children and young people's experiences of having a sibling with complex health needs: a literature review

Marie Grant, Patricia McNeilly

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Abstract

Children with complex health needs require significant healthcare input for one or more conditions. Much of the literature on the effects of living with children with complex heath needs focuses on parents, and there is little research into the effects on siblings. This article reports on a literature review that examined the experiences of siblings growing up with a brother or sister with complex health needs and how this affects their lives. Three main themes were identified: emotional experiences; coping strategies and support; and family life. The findings identified in relation to mixed emotions, coping strategies and support systems are similar to those of studies of siblings of autistic children and children with cancer. However, in most countries the provision and availability of support for this group of siblings is inadequate.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Children and Young People
Volume33
Issue number4
Early online date14 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • child health
  • families
  • literature review
  • patient experience
  • patients
  • professional
  • research

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