The psychosocial development of adolescent siblings of children with spina bifida

Royle, Catherine M. (1990) The psychosocial development of adolescent siblings of children with spina bifida. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

A qualitative research study was undertaken to describe the developmental experiences of adolescents who have a sibling with spina bifida and to examine the impact of having a physically disabled sibling on the development of such adolescents. The developmental tasks of Duvall and Miller (1985) provided a conceptual framework for exploring the developmental experiences of adolescents and sorting and analyzing the data. -- Eleven adolescents, with the approval of their parents, participated in the study which involved tape recorded interviews. The guided interview process was utilized to obtain descriptions of the adolescents' experiences related to their development. -- The analysis revealed that the adolescents were in the process of achieving the developmental tasks appropriate for their age group. The experience of living with a child with a physical disability did have some impact on specific developmental tasks. Many of the adolescents demonstrated a maturity in development of specific tasks and this may be related to the experience of living with a child with a physical disability. Having a sibling with spina bifida has an impact upon six major areas during adolescence: 1) family responsibilities, 2) parental relationships, 3) sibling interaction, 4) school, 5) friends and peers, and 6) personal maturation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5720
Item ID: 5720
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 135-142. -- Error in pagination: duplicated pages after p.155 deleted from digital object.
Department(s): Nursing, School of
Date: 1990
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Adolescent psychology; Brothers and sisters; Spina bifida--Psychological aspects
Medical Subject Heading: Adolescent Psychology; Sibling Relations; Spina Bifida Occulta--psychology

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