SibStars aims to better understand siblings’ experiences of growing up with a brother or sister with a chronic illness, to identify the factors which impact upon siblings’ wellbeing, and to identify siblings’ information and support needs. Qualitative interviews and questionnaires are offered to parents and siblings to obtain insights into their needs and challenges.
During the trip to Oslo, Dr Kelada and her collaborators completed interviews with 16 siblings attending the camp. The interviews will be compared with previous interviews with Australian siblings, and will form an exciting cross-cultural study.
Dr Kelada has also formed an ongoing collaboration with Professor Krister Fjermestad and Professor Torun Vatne from Frambu and the University of Oslo to help adapt their SIBS intervention into a digital intervention which will be tailored for the particular needs of Australian siblings.
In addition, Dr Kelada filmed an interview for SIBS’ website with Prof Fjermestad. You can check it out here: http://sibs.frambu.com/index.php/2020/02/25/intervju-med-lauren-kelada-fra-the-behavioral-science-unit/