Faculty Publications

Title

Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: Experiences in Southern India

Document Type

Article

Keywords

disability, India, siblings, stigma

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Family Issues

Volume

42

Issue

9

First Page

1998

Last Page

2018

Abstract

This exploratory qualitative study explores the experiences of the siblings of individuals with disabilities in Southern India. Five siblings of students attending one special school were recruited to participate in the study using the method of auto-photography. Participants were asked to take photographs of what it is like to have a sibling with a disability. Grounded theory was utilized in the qualitative analysis of transcribed interviews processing the photographs. Participants endorsed six positive themes. Cultural and religious misperceptions of disabilities and subsequent themes of shame and rejection were not found. The findings of this study found positive experiences of siblings of people with disabilities and may provide tentative support for local anecdotal reports of increased acceptance of people with disabilities, opening the door to future research opportunities in this area.

Department

Department of Social Work

Original Publication Date

9-1-2021

DOI of published version

10.1177/0192513X20960794

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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