More than half of the world’s population has a sibling. This study explores the impacts that are made on the sibling relationship due to factors like special needs and hospitalization. Through convenience sampling, adult siblings that had a sibling with special needs sibling hospitalized during their childhood were asked how the special needs and the hospitalization impacted the relationship that they had with their sibling, both throughout childhood and in adulthood. This research study concluded that adult siblings felt that there were major impacts made on the relationship that they had with their special needs sibling; both negative and positive impacts. Additionally, this research study found that the adult siblings felt a range of feelings surrounding their special needs sibling during the hospitalizations. The findings of this research study are important factors for medical professionals to keep in mind when working with a special needs patient and their family to help nurture and maintain sibling relationships within the hospital walls.
|Advisor:||Schmidt, Jennine V., Iris Wilbanks, Jonathan|
|Department:||Education - Child Life in Hospitals|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Early childhood education, Special education, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Family centered care, Hospitalization, Impact, Relationship, Sibling, Special needs|
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