Supporting siblings of children with a rare chromosome disorder

Gilmore, Linda, Waugh, Melanie, Haynes, Allison, Hearne, Carley, Mercer, Charlotte, & Wilson, Kimberley (2012) Supporting siblings of children with a rare chromosome disorder. Unique, pp. 1-8.

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Siblings play an important role in children’s learning and development. Interactions with brothers and sisters provide opportunities to learn about sharing and emotional reciprocity, to develop social skills, to express thoughts and feelings, and to practise resolving conflict. But for children whose brother or sister has a disability, such as a rare chromosome disorder, some of these sibling experiences may be different.

Many parents worry about how their non-disabled child will be affected by the experience of living with a brother or sister with a disability, and a great deal of research has explored both the possible negative consequences and also the potential benefits for siblings. In this article, we summarise the research findings and provide suggestions for ways that parents can support the positive development and well-being of all their children.

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ID Code: 52927
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Chromosome Disorder Leaflets
Keywords: siblings, rare chromosome disorders, children, support
ISSN: 0736-4083
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Unique
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2012 22:47
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 08:28

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