Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Other Child: Health Narratives of Adults Raised with a Chronically Ill Sibling
by Hughes, Danielle Anna, Psy.D., Antioch University, 2012, 110; 10631009
Abstract (Summary)

The sibling relationship brings with it a powerful experience and unique effects on individual development. Within this paper the personal health narratives of adult siblings who grew up with a chronically ill brother or sister are explored in depth. Using a naturalistic, qualitative paradigm and approach to the research a small sample of participants (N=7) provided in depth, semi-structured interviews geared to explore their experiences growing up with their siblings, and later effects on the development of personal health narratives. Using thematic analysis, a number of themes were identified including: (a) at home: finding out, the early relationship, early environment, and family role; (b) retrospective early needs; (c) anxiety; (d) guilt; e) increased empathy, compassion, and awareness; (f) a different worldview; (g) the sibling turn; (h) health perspective and experiences: retrospective health narratives at the family level, mediated adult health narratives, and general self-care. A model of understanding the development of health narratives and general self-care is offered for well siblings. The utility of these themes for clinical practice and directions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Straus, Martha B.
Commitee: Foot, Michael, Slammon, William, Straus, Martha
School: Antioch University
Department: Antioch New England: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Health sciences, Psychology, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Chronic illness, Health narratives, Siblings
Publication Number: 10631009
ISBN: 9780355013177
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