Don't Forget The Siblings Of Disabled Children

I’ve often noticed that children who grow up with a disabled (mentally or physically) sister or brother have had a pretty hard time. They often feel like they have fallen through the cracks in the family. Little has been written about this in psychol


but I came across an Australian study (52 sibs, ages 10-18) that addresses it a little bit.

Here are the main points:

  1. Siblings who have a brother or sister with a disability may experience a range of emotional and behavioral difficulties.
  2. Parents and other professionals need to assess and provide more support to the siblings – not just to the disabled child and online casinos the parents.
  3. Approximately 20–30% of siblings were identified as at-risk or in the clinical range for overall difficulties, hyperactivity-inattention, conduct and peer problems; and 15% at-risk or in the clinical range for emotional symptoms and prosocial behavior. (This is not a horribly high percentage; there is no comparison to those with ‘normal’ sibs)
  4. If working directly with siblings is outside the scope of the services being provided, referrals need to be made.

source: R. Giallo et al in Clinical Psychologist, Special Issue: Children and Health Psychology vol16, #1, pages 36–43, March 2012.

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One Response to “Don't Forget The Siblings Of Disabled Children”

  1. June 27th, 2012 4:24 pm

    Yes! I agree with you, as most of the time disable children get more concentration than the normal due to which the normal chidlren feel some thing like guilty and jealousy.

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