A Study of the Relationships and Acknowledgement of Non-Disabled Children with Disabled Siblings

AKSOY A. B. , Yildirim G. B.

KURAM VE UYGULAMADA EGITIM BILIMLERI, cilt.8, sa.3, ss.769-779, 2008 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 8 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.769-779


This study investigated the relationships of healthy children with their handicap siblings and analyzed their acceptance of the siblings. The study was conducted in 16 different special education and rehabilitation centers in Ankara. Two hundred twenty eight healthy children between the ages of 10 to 17 years voluntarily participated in the investigation. All participating children had siblings diagnosed with one of the six disabilities: Learning disability (LD), mental retardation (MR), cerebral palsy (CP), mental-motor retardation (MMR), Down syndrome (DS), or autism (A). The attitudes of the healthy children towards their handicap siblings (EKYTO) and towards other handicap people (EBYTO) were studied. Results show that healthy children dispay positive attitudes towards their own handicap siblings whereas less positive attitudes towards other handicapped people. The investigation takes into consideration diagnosis and degree of the handicap. In general, it is observed that the healthy children's attitudes towards their handicap sibling are clearly changing according to diagnosis and level of handicap whereas the same factors do not make any difference in terms of attitudes towards other handicapped people.