Research Theme: Disability

 

Name: Sophia Arabadjis
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: arabadjs@tcd.ie
Completion: July 2014

 

Project: As part of my masters in applied social research at Trinity College Dublin I am completing an internship at the National Disability Authority in Dublin. They have asked me to do research on disability and bullying amongst the 9 year old cohort of the GUI data in hope of contributing to a report of theirs. I will also use this topic for my MSc dissertation topic and to write a paper for the GUI conference. In particular the teacher's report on bullying and the child's report on bullying will be looked at in conjunction with disability. 

 


 

Name: Cliona Doherty
Institution: National Disability Authority
Contact: cadoherty@nda.ie
Completion: June 2015

 

Project: Drawing on data from the child cohort wave 1 and 2 of the GUI study this paper seeks to examine adjustment in the study of children who have a sibling with a disability (identified in wave 1). In particular using the questions that ask about a sibling with a disability and this has affected the study child. This paper will explore adjustment over time and control for factors that have limited the value of other investigations of siblings. Specifically, the paper will examine variables such as what the study child thinks about school, their diet, activities they report doing with their parents, their favourite hobby or activity, things they can do themselves and household chores. It will control for socio-economic status, income/poverty status, parent stress, parent style, family time and routines, family communication, and the age of the disabled child relative to the study child to explore sibling adjustment difficulties. 

 


 

Name: Cliona Doherty
Institution: National Disability Authority
Contact: cadoherty@nda.ie
Completion: January 2014

 

Project: I will be looking at children and how they are faring in relation to disability. 

 


 

Name: Aoife Gallagher
Institution: University of Limerick
Contact: aoife.gallagher@ul.ie
Completion: September 2016

 

I aim to compare outcomes between typically developing 13 year olds and 13 year olds who are identified in GUI as having a disability on the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale.

 


 

Name: Mary-Ann O'Donovan
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: maryannodonovan@rcsi.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: PhD work exploring the experience of transitioning across the life course and access to health services at these transition points for people with disabilities in Ireland. GUI data will form part of the initial examination of current data sources in relation to access/utilisation of services and how/if changes occur at various points across the life course. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health.

 


 

Name: Cathal O'Toole
Institution: National Disability Authority
Contact: cx.otoole@nda.ie
Completion: July 2015

 

Project: Previous work on medical cards has shown that medical card holders are much more likely to access GP services than non-medical card holders, even accounting for a range of socio-economic variables and ill-health. This work, however, was primarily based on date from the Living in Ireland Survey, and hence it could not fully explore the role that disability (separate to ill health) plays in both holding a medical card and accessing GP services. This paper seeks to fill that gap. Using data from two waves of the GUI survey, it aims to examine the part that disability status plays in having a medical card and availing of GP services. Disability of any family member will be considered, which will allow for an exploration of the implications for families and the State of granting people with specific disabilities an automatic entitlement to a medical card.

 

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