The experiences of Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Child: Care, Health and Development
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 545–552, July 2012
How to Cite
Kao, B., Romero-Bosch, L., Plante, W. and Lobato, D. (2012), The experiences of Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities. Child: Care, Health and Development, 38: 545–552. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01266.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2011
- Accepted for publication 4 May 2011
- child disability;
- Latino families;
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.