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Keywords:

  • child disability;
  • Latino families;
  • siblings

Abstract

Objective  This qualitative study explored the experiences of Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities.

Methods  Parents and typically developing siblings from 15 Latino families with a child with a developmental disability participated in separate interviews.

Results  Using consensual qualitative research methodology, domains reflecting siblings' relationships, emotional experiences and communication about the disability were identified. The child's need for caregiving was a prominent topic in the sibling and parent narratives. Parents reported concerns about siblings' experience of differential treatment, whereas siblings reported concerns about restricted social activities because of their brother/sister.

Conclusions  Including multiple informants revealed commonalities and differences in parents' and siblings' perspectives on the impact of a child's disability. The importance of considering sibling adaptation in sociocultural context is discussed.