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Title: The psychological impact of childhood chronic illnesses on siblings
Author: Akhtar, Menaz
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 8055
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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The relationship between siblings is considered one of the most significant of all human relationships. Therefore it is not surprising that research has focused on the psychological impact of childhood chronic illnesses on siblings. Findings within this field of research have been mixed owing to methodological shortcomings. The review paper addresses these shortcomings by focusing on papers that have used sibling reported psychological outcomes for diseases that are similar in their medical sequelae: Asthma, Type 1 Diabetes and Epilepsy. The review suggests siblings are at no greater risk of psychological difficulties than those not affected by sibling chronic illness. These findings are explained by coping and adjustment, and risk and resilience theories. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a life transforming chronic illness which is associated with a number of medical complications that impact on the whole family. The psychological impact of childhood SCI on the injured child's siblings has not been researched. The empirical study focused on the experiences of children living with a brother or sister with SC!. Eight participants (4 male, 4 female) aged between 7 and 18 years were interviewed using a semi-structured interview, concentrating on their unique experiences and understandings of having a brother or sister with SC!. The qualitative method of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to analyse the data and three main themes were identified: "Life interrupted", "What about me?" and "My safety net". Results are discussed in relation to attachment, and coping and adjustment theories.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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