Purpose: The present study aimed to describe the sibling relationship perceived by adult siblings growing up with a brother or sister with disabilities and to explore its meanings in their lives. Method: In-depth interviews were conducted to elicit the experiences and perceptions of 10 adult siblings of individuals with disabilities. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used for the analysis of the transcribed texts. Results: The data analysis of siblings' experiences yielded 3 clusters and 7 sub-clusters: (1) special but not different siblings, (2) thickening siblinghood through small things, (3) my career and sibling with disability, (4) my new family and sibling with disability, (5) supporting sibling with disability, (6) meeting with other siblings, (7) changing social attitudes. Conclusion: Implications for support services and research were discussed. A better understanding of adult siblings of individuals with disabilities seems to provide essential information to the development of support services and policies.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Korean Journal of Physical, Multiple and Health Disabilities|
|State||Published - 2018|
- Adult siblings
- Sibling relationship