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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Impact on Sibling Relationships because of Special Needs and Hospitalization
by Morton, Caitlyn H., M.A., Mills College, 2020, 56; 27962709
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmidt, Jennine V., Iris Wilbanks, Jonathan
School: Mills College
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
Publication Number: 27962709
ISBN: 9798641004792
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