Current research

 We will include here any current research related to sibling/family issues, with the aim of increasing communication between researchers. We invite researchers to submit a short summary about their research (and contact details) for this section.

Please let us know if you would like your work to be highlighted here.


Support needs and outcomes for supporters of people with Borderline Personality Disorder

This thesis/research project is being conducted by Lydia Oakey-Neate as partial completion of an Honours degree of Psychological Science at the University of Adelaide. The research is being overseen by research supervisor Dr. Lynn Ward. The aim of this project is to investigate factors that influence adjustment outcomes and support needs for family members and spouses of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We hope that the results of this study will shed more light on the coping resources, support needs and outcomes and experiences of family members and spouses, and will assist to guide future care resources and support requirements.

The anonymous online survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and asks questions about usual coping strategies, resources, health and wellbeing to model how family members and supporters appraise and cope with stressors. Your confidentiality is assured: the survey is anonymous and you will not be personally identified in any publication that may arise from this project.

To participate in this study, please go to:

Or contact Lydia Oakey-Neate for further questions



This thesis/research project is being conducted by Vanessa Gordon who is a postgraduate student of psychology at Monash University. The research is being overseen by research supervisor Dr. Lisa Burke. The study aims to explore the lived experience of adult siblings, who are the primary carers of their brother or sister, and the meaning that the sibling makes of their carer role. This study presents an excellent opportunity for sibling carers to tell their story and share the experience of their daily lives. The results will assist to guide future sibling carer resources (presently limited) and support requirements.

If you are interested in participating, the researcher will arrange a time to meet with you for a 1:1 interview (will travel interstate from Melbourne if there’s multiple interested parties residing in the same city), for approximately 30 minutes. Participants will receive a $30 retail voucher in recognition of their participation.

Please email: Vanessa Gordon – call 0499 660 024

Deakin University (October 2016)

A randomised controlled trial to evaluate a smartphone-based program to reduce stress and improve wellbeing in young adult carers.

Young adults (18-25 years) supporting loved ones living with a physical or mental condition are reluctant to seek help to manage their caregiving needs. They are also known to experience high levels of stress due to long-term (>4 years), ‘hidden’ caregiving. e-Health interventions are a viable mechanism to engage carers, as these resources ensure anonymity, are freely available and highly accessible. However, there are no e-Health interventions designed to manage stress and wellbeing in young adult carers in Australia.

Researchers from The Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development in the School of Psychology at Deakin University are conducting a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effect of tailored intervention delivered via a smartphone application designed to reduce stress and improve wellbeing in young adult carers.

We are inviting young carers aged between 18 and 25 years to participate in a 5-week app-based stress-reduction program that provides young people with: (i) tailored strategies found to be effective at reducing stress and improving wellbeing, and (ii) daily prompts reminding young people to monitor their responses to stress and engage in protective strategies when stress-levels are high. We would also like to understand how eMental Health resources, in the form of smartphone apps engage young carers in intervention content, as these resources are presented via technology that young people relate to and utilise frequently. 

For further information, or to participate in the study, go to:

Or contact Dr Linda Hartley-Clark on +61 3 9251 7237, or

This study is funded by Australian Unity.

La Trobe University


This research project is being conducted by Jess Stevens who is a postgraduate student in the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University. The study aims to explore the stories and experiences of adult sisters who have a brother or sister with intellectual disability and their relationship.This is an exciting opportunity for siblings to be heard and potentially influence future sibling supports and disability policy.
If interested you need to be a female aged between 18-30, live in the state of Victoria and have lived with your sibling for a period of at least 12 months during adolescence.
This study requires participants toundertake a face to face interview of between one or two hours.

If interested please contact researcher, Jess Stevens, on email