The "LARES sibling children"
Questionnaire for detecting the early signs of stress in the siblings of severely and chronically ill or disabled children
The LARES early detection questionnaire (named after the Roman deities that protect households) is an aid to detecting stress and the associated extent ofsuffering in the siblings of severely and chronically ill or disabled children and to directing the children to appropriate support.
This allows the provision of individual support to healthy sibling children who are at increased risk of psychological stress due to the particular care situation within the family.
LARES can be used, therefore, not only to assess stress and suffering but also in counselling sibling children and their parents.
It is intended that trained medical and psychosocial specialists should also make use of the LARES early detection tool where possible, irrespective of the nature of the illness or disability of the affected child.
Around two million children and adolescents in Germany grow up with a severely and chronically ill or disabled sibling. In most cases, this does not affect the quality of life of healthy siblings and they are generally able to lead a normal life. For up to 30% of them, however, the resulting family situation may cause problems and be associated with psychological stress.
To help detect the early signs of stress due to the particularly stressful situations in which some siblings may find themselves, FamilyTies has collaborated with academic partners in the development of the LARES early detection questionnaire for sibling children, which has now been validated in a study conducted across Germany.
The LARES sibling children questionnaire has been designed in such a way that the results can serve as a basis for direct and targeted counselling and further support in discussions between the health or social care professional and the healthy sibling children and their parents.
More than 200 services providing sibling children support are listed in our database, arranged by postcode and content.
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