Social and Emotional Ramifications of Having a Sibling with a Disability

Shana Haas and Dr. DeLeana Strohl, Department of Rehabilitation Services, University of Wisconsin - Stout, 712 Broadway St S, Menomonie WI 54751

The existing body of literature surrounding adults who have a sibling with a disability is limited but suggests there may be differences in outcomes of their adult life when compared to peers who do not have a sibling with a disability. Areas where consequences exist include marital and employment status, education achievement (from less than a high school equivalent to a professional degree), and characteristics associated with emotional resiliency (Hodapp, et al., 2010; Wolfe, et al., 2014). Additionally, gender may be a contributing factor in how the experience impacts the adult without a disability (Hodapp, et al., 2010). This study utilized an online survey to examine the potential ramifications of family members with siblings with disabilities as compared to those without disabilities. Results indicate that marital and employment status had no difference, but there is a distinction in education achievement and self-perceived emotional resilience characteristics. Additionally, that gender does not impact the sibling relationship. Potential areas for interventions and future research are discussed.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Shana Haas

Institution: University of Wisconsin - Stout

Type: Poster

Subject: Social Work & Human Services

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7131