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Journal Article (Refereed)
January 2014

Futures planning-adult sibling perspectives

Davys, D & Haigh, C & Mitchell, D 2014, 'Futures planning-adult sibling perspectives', British Journal of Learning Disabilities.



15 adult siblings of people who have a learning disability were interviewed in relation to their future wishes and expectations of care giving. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyse transcripts from the interviews where it was demonstrated that futures planning remains an area of difficulty for families of learning disabled people. The range and degree of plans in place were variable across the families and overall, plans tended to lack detail and clarity. Various factors were cited as hindrances to the futures planning process such as parental anxiety, difficulty with service providers, superstition, attitude, assumption and life stage. Futures planning presented as a transitional process and further research into how best to support families and individuals who have a learning disability to develop long term yet flexible plans is indicated.


A research article related to the  perspectives of adult siblings of people who have an intellectual disability regarding the future


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External Authors

Carol Haigh

Duncan Mitchell

Publication Details

Journal Name
British Journal of Learning Disabilities