Authors: Francesca Coniglio, David Meldrum and Susan Golley, SA
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: ACROSS THE LIFESPAN, CARERS, FAMILIES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In Australia, there is a lack of recognition and support for the unique and individualised needs of adult siblings when a sibling experiences mental illness. A Delphi study design was undertaken to identify and prioritise the needs and supports of adult siblings of people with mental illness. Three rounds of the Delphi study were carried out with 40 participants to
1. Identify, 2. Rate the importance and relevance, and 3. Prioritise needs and supports to gauge priorities for service delivery. Consensus (75% agreement) was achieved with 100% of the outcomes. Participants identified two categories of needs and supports: their own needs and supports that directly meet these needs, and the needs and supports required of their sibling with mental illness. Identifying these priority needs and supports for service delivery revealed a discrepancy between the nature of the need identified requiring support, and the source of where support is sought.