• Changing fathers? Fatherhood and family life in modern Ireland

      McKeown, Kieran; Ferguson, Harry; Rooney, Dermot (The Collins Press, 1998-10)
    • Child health policy and practice in times of recession: findings from Ireland

      Hanafin, Sinéad; Coyne, Imelda; 1Visiting Research Fellow, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. 2Professor of Children’s Nursing and Research, School of Nursing & Midwifery,Trinity College Dublin. (Scienpress Ltd, 2015-09)
    • The effects of individual, family and environmental factors on physical activity levels in children: a cross-sectional study

      Cadogan, Sharon L; Keane, Eimear; Kearney, Patricia M (2014-04-21)
      Abstract Background Physical activity plays an important role in optimising physical and mental health during childhood, adolescence, and throughout adult life. This study aims to identify individual, family and environmental factors that determine physical activity levels in a population sample of children in Ireland. Methods Cross-sectional analysis of the first wave (2008) of the nationally representative Growing Up in Ireland study. A two-stage clustered sampling method was used where national schools served as the primary sampling unit (response rate: 82%) and age eligible children from participating schools were the secondary units (response rate: 57%). Parent reported child physical activity levels and potential covariates (parent and child reported) include favourite hobby, total screen time, sports participation and child body mass index (measured by trained researcher). Univariate and multivariate multinomial logistic regression (forward block entry) examined the association between individual, family and environmental level factors and physical activity levels. Results The children (N = 8,568) were classified as achieving low (25%), moderate (20%) or high (55%) physical activity levels. In the fully adjusted model, male gender (OR 1.64 [95% CI: 1.34-2.01]), having an active favourite hobby (OR 1.65 [95% CI: 1.31-2.08]) and membership of sports or fitness team (OR 1.90 [95% CI: 1.48-2.45]) were significantly associated with being in the high physical activity group. Exceeding two hours total screen time (OR 0.66 [95% CI: 0.52-0.85]), being overweight (OR 0.41 [95%CI: 0.27-0.61]; or obese (OR 0.68 [95%CI: 0.54-0.86]) were significantly associated with decreased odds of being in the high physical activity group. Conclusions Individual level factors appear to predict PA levels when considered in the multiple domains. Future research should aim to use more robust objective measures to explore the usefulness of the interconnect that exists across these domains. In particular how the family and environmental settings could be useful facilitators for consistent individual level factors such as sports participation.
    • Family Connections versus optimised treatment-as-usual for family members of individuals with borderline personality disorder: non-randomised controlled study

      Flynn, Daniel; Kells, Mary; Joyce, Mary; Corcoran, Paul; Herley, Sarah; Suarez, Catalina; Cotter, Padraig; Hurley, Justina; Weihrauch, Mareike; Groeger, John (2017-08-30)
      Abstract Background Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is challenging for family members who are often required to fulfil multiple roles such as those of advocate, caregiver, coach and guardian. To date, two uncontrolled studies by the treatment developers suggest that Family Connections (FC) is an effective programme to support, educate and teach skills to family members of individuals with BPD. However, such studies have been limited by lack of comparison to other treatment approaches. This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of FC with an optimised treatment-as-usual (OTAU) programme for family members of individuals with BPD. A secondary aim was to introduce a long term follow-up to investigate if positive gains from the intervention would be maintained following programme completion. Methods This study was a non-randomised controlled study, with assessment of outcomes at baseline (pre-intervention) and end of programme (post-intervention) for both FC and OTAU groups, and at follow-up (3 months post-intervention; 12 or 19 months post-intervention) for the FC group. Eighty family members participated in the FC (n = 51) and the OTAU (n = 29) programmes. Outcome measures included burden, grief, depression and mastery. Linear mixed-effects models were used to assess baseline differences in the outcome measures by gender, age group and type of relationship to the individual with BPD. Linear mixed-effects models were also used to estimate the treatment effect (FC versus OTAU) utilising all available data from baseline and end of programme. Results The FC group showed changes indicating significant improvement with respect to all four outcome measures (p < 0.001). The OTAU group showed changes in the same direction as the intervention group but none of the changes were statistically significant. The intervention effect was statistically significant for total burden (including both subscales; p = .02 for subjective burden and p = .048 for objective burden) and grief (p = 0.013). Improvements were maintained at follow-up for FC participants. Conclusions The findings of the current study indicate that FC results in statistically significant improvements on key measures while OTAU does not yield comparable changes. Lack of significant change on all measures for OTAU suggests that a three session psycho-education programme is of limited benefit. Further research is warranted on programme components and long-term supports for family members.
    • The impact of four family support programmes for people with a disability in Ireland.

      Daly, Louise; Sharek, Danika; DeVries, Jan; Griffiths, Colin; Sheerin, Fintan; McBennett, Padraig; Higgins, Agnes (Sage Publications, 2015-03)
      This article reports on an evaluation of four family support programmes in Ireland for families of people with a physical or an intellectual disability or autism. The focus of the evaluation, which took place within a year of the programmes' completion, was on establishing whether the programmes had an impact on families' capacity to effectively support their family member.
    • The journey through death and dying: families' experiences of end-of-life care in private nursing homes

      Duffy, Mel; Courtney, Eileen; Dublin City University (Dublin City University (DCU), 2014-06)
    • Living with a brother who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: a sister's perspective

      Connell, Zara O.; Halloran, Maeve O.; Doody, Owen (British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014-09)
    • Mental Health of Children Born to Immigrant Parents in Ireland: A Pilot Study

      Masaud, Tawfik; Dunne, Maria; Skokauskas, Norbert (Community Mental Health Journal, 2014-07)
    • ‘Systemic Trauma’: The Impact on Parents Whose Children Have Experienced Sexual Abuse

      Kilroy, Sarah J.; Egan, Jonathan; Maliszewska, Aneta; Sarma, Kiran M. (Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 2014-05)
    • Tackling transitions in patient care: the process of medication reconciliation.

      Redmond, Patrick; Grimes, Tamasine; McDonnell, Ronan; Boland, Fiona; Hughes, Carmel; Fahey, Tom; HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. (Family practice, 2013-10)
    • Technology used at home for children with complex needs

      Nicholl, Honor; School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin, Trinity College., 2012-01)
    • The untold story: Harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking

      Hope, Ann; Barry, Joe; Byrne, Sean; Department of Public Health in Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology (Health Service Executive (HSE), 2018-04)