Siblings of young people with anxiety disorders – help needed

Guest Blogger
19 Dec 2012

My name is Sophie, I am a post experience nursing student studying for an MA in mental health nursing at Brookes University.  I am also a children’s nurse and have been qualified for two years working on surgical and medical children’s wards at Kings College Hospital.

I am currently writing my research proposal for my thesis and I am awaiting ethics approval but if this is successful, my proposed research question is: 'What are the experiences and needs of siblings of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders?'

I am really excited about this topic as there is a lack of research or evidence available on siblings of those with anxiety disorders, particularly in the child/adolescent age range. 

I am hoping to carry out semi-structured interviews with the siblings of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.  The siblings ages can range between 10 and 19 years. The children and adolescents with the anxiety disorder can be aged between five and  19 years.  I will need consent from parents for all ages as well as from children over 16.  I will also need agreement from children under 16.  

I am aiming for this research to help develop practice, improving the recognition and care of both present and future siblings.

If you would like to participate in the research, please get in touch at


Sophie Little

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1 Comment

  • Springdale Clinic
    almost 4 years ago

    Siblings are especially vulnerable because they have even less control than adults to control or escape a stressful environment. Let them know it is ok to feel angry, jealous or sad. If you suspect depression, or anxiety, consult a psychiatrist.

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