Austerity and families with disabled children: a European survey

Horridge, Karen, Dew, Rosie, Chatelin, Alain, Seal, Arnab, Macias, Lourdes Merio, Cioni, Giovanni, Kachmar, Oleh and Wilkes, Scott (2018) Austerity and families with disabled children: a European survey. Developmental Medicine and Child Psychology, 61 (3). pp. 329-336. ISSN 0012-1622

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AIM To describe the impact austerity measures have had on families with disabled children
across Europe and on professionals providing services for them.
METHOD Cross-sectional surveys were disseminated via professional and family networks in
32 European countries for 3 months from December 2016.
RESULTS Families (n=731), of whom 45% met UNICEF criteria for severe poverty, and
professionals (n=959) responded from 23 and 32 countries respectively. Respondents were
grouped into those from countries with and without austerity. The direct and indirect impact
of austerity cuts and worse working conditions were reported more often by professionals
from countries with austerity, compared to those without. Most families reported services to
be worse in quality than 3 years ago. Families with completely dependent disabled children
said the needs of their disabled children are significantly less well met now, compared to
10 years ago.
INTERPRETATION A decline in quality of services for disabled children was reported by most
family and many professional respondents across Europe, regardless of austerity. Where
implemented, austerity measures were reported to have impacted significantly on families
with disabled children.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sciences > Health Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rosie Dew
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 08:29
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 11:20
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