Journal article

Beyond Coping: Stress-Related Growth Among Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Wan Hua Sim, Erica Frydenberg

Children Australia | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2011


This article reports a study on the experiences of positive changes after stressful events described by siblings of children with special needs. These positive changes are referred to as stress-related growth. While much of the research on siblings of children with special needs has focused on understanding the adjustment difficulties they experience, growing evidence suggests that families of children with special needs can experience positive changes. Twenty-five adolescents were asked to describe an event associated with their brother/sister with special needs and to provide ratings on a series of measures of stress, coping and stress-related growth. Five families were interviewed to gain..

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