Missing siblings: Seeking more adequate social responses

Clark, Julie, Warburton, Jennifer and Tilse, Cheryl (2009) Missing siblings: Seeking more adequate social responses. Child and Family Social Work, 14 3: 267-277. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00593.x

Author Clark, Julie
Warburton, Jennifer
Tilse, Cheryl
Title Missing siblings: Seeking more adequate social responses
Journal name Child and Family Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-7500
Publication date 2009-08-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00593.x
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 267
End page 277
Total pages 11
Editor Susan White
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
160701 Clinical Social Work Practice
Abstract Little is known about the experience of family and friends when a young adult goes missing, less is known about how siblings make sense of the experience. Police assistance to locate the missing person may be sought but there is little recognition of going missing or missingness as a social issue, and there is little or no adequate social response to the needs of those left behind. This paper links knowledge of siblings, loss and grief to an understanding of this phenomenon. It presents the methodology and findings of an exploratory, qualitative study into the experiences of nine adult siblings of long-term missing people in Australia and presents the themes drawn from their accounts. The themes are briefly elaborated using direct quotations from participants in the study and represented in a diagram. The paper seeks to develop greater understanding of the inter-relationship between missingness and other social issues, to give voice to the views of participants and to encourage practitioners to engage more purposefully in work with family and friends affected by this issue. Some implications for social work practice are presented.
Keyword loss
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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