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Assessing services, supports and costs for young families under stress

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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.

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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), pp. 101-110. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00595.x).

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Published date: January 2006
Organisations: Social Work Studies

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Local EPrints ID: 51891
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/51891
ISSN: 0305-1862
PURE UUID: c28146e7-e667-45fd-8dec-c3a4625ab459

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Date deposited: 02 Jun 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:47

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Author: M. Sleed
Author: J. Beecham
Author: M. Knapp
Author: C. McAuley
Author: N. McCurry

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