Assessing services, supports and costs for young families under stress

Sleed, M. and Beecham, J.K. and Knapp, M.R.J. and 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. ISSN 0305-1862. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00595.x

Abstract

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
Uncontrolled keywords: family;service use;costs; children
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:18
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 11:00
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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