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Title: An insight into the lives of young siblings of disabled children in Malta
Authors: Vella Gera, Janet
Martin, Gillian M.
Camilleri Zahra, Amy J.
Keywords: Children with disabilities -- Family relationships -- Malta
Children with disabilities -- Social networks -- Malta
Brothers and sisters -- Psychological aspects -- Malta
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Vella Gera, J., Martin, G. M., & Camilleri Zahra, A. J. (2020). An insight into the lives of young siblings of disabled children in Malta. Disability & Society, 1-15.
Abstract: This qualitative study examines the experiences of seven young children, aged eight to twelve, siblings of disabled children living in Malta. It aims at giving a voice to young siblings of disabled children and at identifying the need for services for these siblings. Participants in this study shared their experiences during individual interviews, and during a focus group discussion. The data were analysed in the light of the ‘new sociology of childhood’ and the ‘social model of disability’ using Thematic Analysis. Findings from this study show that siblings of disabled children share a unique relationship with their disabled siblings. Both positive and negative aspects of these experiences and their effect on the siblings emerged from this study. Different feelings towards their disabled siblings were shared. The siblings articulated their unique personal needs.
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