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The exclusion of endless tables is deliberate and is intended to retain ceftin 500mg line, as far as possible, a reader-friendly text suitable for interpretation for practice within the welfare professions. The A FRAMEWORK FOR ANALYSIS: THE RESEARCH DESIGN / 35 quantitative data were derived from 74 variables, which enabled analysis and are identified on the survey questionnaire in bold type (Appendix 1). The survey data are supported by case studies to improve the reliability of the research. Cross-tabulations of the survey data were performed to test for associations with only a few significant tables being selected for inclusion within the text, and these were of some importance regarding an earlier finding which suggested (i) a number of families existed in relative isolation from any form of support, (ii) isolated families received less support than others whose needs might not be so great, and (iii) siblings acted as informal carers for their disabled siblings. Non-significant data are, nevertheless, also of importance in field research of this type as Goda and Smeeton (1993) recognise. The research was conducted in four stages; the pilot study, the main stage survey based on children attending a siblings support group, the third stage involving interviews with parents and the final stage interviews with children at a children’s centre. The main stage featured a control group of families not attending a siblings support group and included one follow-up family interview (see Figure 2. A research assistant and I conducted interviews, both of us having carried out a number of such interviews on previous occasions. In total, 56 families completed questionnaires during the main stage of the study, with 177 children between them – nearly three children per family. The ages of children with disabilities ranged from 2 to 18 years with a mean of 8 years; and sibling’s ages varied from birth to 30 years with a mean of 13 for girls and 14 for boys. The ratio of girl to boy siblings was a little under 2 to 1, a feature which might inform the nature of caring activities undertaken by siblings, given a gender bias. Twenty-two families were randomly selected for interview together with 24 of the family’s children. Beresford (1997) puts forward two arguments against involving children in research: first, the belief that children cannot be sources of valid data; and second, that there is a danger of exploiting children. Indeed, Morris (1998) points out that disabled children and young people are rarely consulted or involved in decisions that concern them, although the research process reported here demonstrates the value of interviewing young people and shows that they have opinions and views on matters not only concerning themselves but their families also.

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