Disadvantaged or diverse? Child disability and families in Australia.
Annemarie is investigating the ways in which families in Australia having a child or children with disability are different or similar to families in Australia having a child or children with no disability.
Understanding the needs of families is important for delivering more effective supports. This research project uses population data analysis based on existing sources, such as the Census of Population and Housing and the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. This part of the research aims to identify any patterns in geographic distribution, economic impact or family structure which may be associated with child disability.
Importantly, this research also seeks to better understand how the lived experience of child disability may affect families, particularly how parent relationships (with each other and with wider family members) may be changed. This aspect will be explored by interviewing parents of children with disability.
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Dr Edith Gray