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Publication Date

5-1-2009

First Page

50

Last Page

62

Abstract

This study is a retrospective look at adult female siblings’ perspectives of their childhoods and present identities based on having a brother with a disability. This paper focuses on siblings’ experiences within educational and public domains, and how such experiences have shaped their personalities and career choices. Qualitative findings were organized into four central themes, each with subcate-gories: (a) Siblings’ Fear and Worries, in-school bullying, school friends coming to the home; (b) Anger and Resentment, towards the perceived advantages of hav-ing a disability, towards teachers; (c) Positive Impacts, acceptance of others in varied public contexts, advocacy; and (d) Career Choices, entering the teaching profession. Findings are discussed in relation to both the emotional and educa-tional significance for siblings.


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