Assessing services, supports and costs for young families under stress

Sleed, M., Beecham, J., Knapp, M., McAuley, C. and McCurry, N. (2006) Assessing services, supports and costs for young families under stress. Child: Care, Health and Development, 32, (1), 101-110. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00595.x).


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Background Despite the attention paid to family support services in legislation and guidance, there is still relatively little evidence on which to base the development of effective services, and even less on the costs and cost-effectiveness of different models of support.

Methods The study designed and examined the practical feasibility of a methodology for collecting service use data and other information on families. Unit costs of services were calculated and data were collected in interviews with 177 young families under stress in Northern Ireland and South-East England. Service use patterns and costs were analysed.

Results Comparisons showed that families made greater use than the general population of many services. There were marked variations within the sample in the patterns of service use and costs, to some extent reflecting differences in the needs of the young families.

Discussion The methods developed for collecting service use data, calculating unit costs and estimating costs for families were feasible.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00595.x
ISSNs: 0305-1862 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
ePrint ID: 51891
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
January 2006Published
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30

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