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    Children's voices: qualitative data from the ‘Barretstown studies’

    Kiernan, Gemma and Guerin, Suzanne and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2005) Children's voices: qualitative data from the ‘Barretstown studies’. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 42 (7). pp. 733-741. ISSN 00207489

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    This paper describes the experiences of children (7–16 years) affected by life-threatening illness, attending a therapeutic recreation programme. In total, 240 children completed self-report questionnaires prior to the programme, with decreased response rates at follow-up. This paper focuses on children's responses to open-ended questions. The main findings showed that children's expectations focused on the activities and social interactions they were looking forward to, while some were concerned about being away from home. Also two-thirds felt that they had acquired personal and social functioning skills. These findings are discussed in relation to the value of qualitatively accessing children's views and experiences.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Child-centred research; Childhood illness; Therapeutic recreation;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16420
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2022 15:40
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Nursing Studies
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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