Are you a sibling with a brother or sister with a disability? Would you like an opportunity to share your personal story as part of a research study?
Please read below information regarding research that you may wish to participate in:
Paula Jennings is a PhD researcher in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUIG and alongside principal investigator Dr. Danielle Kennan she is carrying out research with siblings who are growing up alongside a brother or sister with a disability in the home.
The study would like to explore the experiences of young people (aged 15-23 years) growing up alongside a brother or sister with an intellectual, physical, or mental health disability in the home. The study is particularly interested in learning more about their educational and career goals, as well as, learning more about various social networks that siblings may draw on for support in their everyday life, such as those involving friends, peers, family and significant others.
Additionally, the study would like to explore sibling’s perspectives of their lived experiences, in relation to the types of helping, supportive, caring or advocacy roles that they may carry out as part of family life, for a brother or sister with a disability.
The study aims to recognise the importance of sibling voices, given the valuable contributions they make towards family life in the home.
If you would like to participate in this research, or as a parent or family member know of anyone who may be interested in sharing their story, please contact Paula Jennings by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text 085 812 5250.