Group intervention for siblings with disabilities: a pilot study in a clinical setting
2012 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 34, no 1, 69-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To study the effectiveness of a group intervention in a clinical setting designed to increase knowledge of disability and improve sibling relationship among siblings of children with disabilities. Method: A self-selected sample of 54 younger and older siblings with typical development (ages 8-12 years) of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (9), Asperger syndrome (7), autistic disorder (13), physical disability (8) and intellectual disability (17) participated in collateral sibling groups. The Sibling Knowledge Interview (SKI) and Sibling Relationship Questionnaire (SRQ) were administered pre- and post-intervention. Results: SKI scores increased (p < 0.001) from pre- to post-intervention when merged diagnostic groups were compared. Comparisons of SRQ pre- and post-intervention scores across diagnostic sibling groups showed significantly different (p < 0.05) score patterns. Conclusions: The results were encouraging and contribute to further development of interventions meeting the needs of siblings of children with disabilities. In view of the limited empirical research on group interventions for siblings of children with disabilities future work is needed to investigate the effectiveness of such interventions. Particular attention should be given to siblings of children with autism and siblings of children with intellectual disability.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 34, no 1, 69-75 p.
group intervention, sibling
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163178DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2011.587087ISI: 000297272600010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163178DiVA: diva2:463055