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Sibling carers of adults with intellectual disabilities in Ireland report high levels of health but feel overwhelmed by care responsibilities
  1. Máire Leane
  1. University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Professor Máire Leane, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland; m.leane{at}

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Commentary on: Brennan, D., D'Eath, M., McCallion, P., & McCarron, M. (2023). Health and well-being of sibling carers of adults with an intellectual disability in Ireland: Four waves of data. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 1–10.

Implications for practice and research

  • Formal protocols for engaging with sibling carers of people with intellectual disability about their support needs are required.

  • Future research should explore the experiences of sibling carers and their support needs.


Increased life expectancy of people with intellectual disability (ID) means that sibling caring is more likely to occur. Planning around sibling carer …

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