Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: Experiences in Southern India
disability, India, siblings, stigma
Journal of Family Issues
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 of Social Work
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Dickinson, Rebecca, "Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: Experiences in Southern India" (2021). Faculty Publications. 38.