The Emotional and Behavioral Impact of Having Siblings with Disabilities: A Qualitative Study in Thailand (77960)

Session Information: Education & Differences: Counselling, Guidance, and Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Brian Moore

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 10:05
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 609
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Siblings of children with a disability are an at-risk group for emotional and behavioral problems. This study investigates the effects of growing up with siblings with disabilities on typically developing siblings' perceptions, emotional well-being, and social interactions. Participants comprised 17 typical development children from different socio-economic backgrounds in Bangkok and Perimeter, Thailand. This qualitative research uses an interview-based method to examine the experiences, perceptions, and coping strategies of individuals who have siblings with disabilities. The findings of the study come with positive experiences in empathy, strong relationships, learning and growth perspective, and maturity than same-age peers. The negative experiences are limited attention, social and emotional impact, and potential stressors that emphasize the importance of understanding and supporting the unique challenges faced by typically developing siblings who have a sibling with a disability. There were mixed results in the findings of sibling relations and parent attention. The study also reveals the coping strategies and the need for parental support of middle-aged children who have siblings with disabilities. This study urges families, educators, and mental health professionals to be aware of the unique needs of typically developing siblings in families with special needs children in the Thai context.

Suthawan Harnkajornsuk, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Kobboon Peungpradit, University of Srinakharinwirot, Thailand
Pitchaya Nilrungratana, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Suthawan Harnkajornsuk is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand

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