Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

Sub-Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Joshua M. Gold

Abstract

In this study, strengths and difficulties of siblings of persons born with disabilities were quantitatively assessed, based on parental perception, in comparison to national norms. Answers of 148 parents to the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ; Goodman, 1997; Youthinmind, n.d.a.) for children four to seven years old who are siblings of persons born with lifelong disabilities (SPBDs) were gathered and analyzed. The causal-comparative design compared each subscale of the SDQ for SBPDs against their respective norms in the USA for females or males. SPBDs were found to have no statistically significant difference from the norm group on emotional problems, and neither male nor female SPBDs were found to have a statistically significant difference from their norm counterparts in hyperactivity. The male SPBDs were found to have greater reported conduct problems and peer problems than the norm group. The male SPBDs were also found to have lower reported prosocial functioning than the norm group. The female SPBDs were found to have greater reported conduct problems and peer problems than the norm group. The female SPBDs were also found to have lower reported prosocial functioning than the norm group. The final chapter includes an interpretation of the findings along with recommendations.

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