Perceptions of typically developing children in India about their siblings with disabilities

Ankita Bhattashali, Michaelene M. Ostrosky, Lisa Monda-Amaya

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In India, people with disabilities often struggle to access various opportunities and resources. As a result of perceptions within the Indian culture around disabilities, families may face social, financial, and emotional difficulties. Within the family, a child with a disability may lead to strained relationships, particularly with siblings. Often siblings have little knowledge about disabilities and may feel ostracised. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the knowledge and attitudes of 12 Indian children regarding their siblings with disabilities, including their perceptions about disabilities against the backdrop of societal attitudes. Participants were interviewed to understand their knowledge of their siblings’ disabilities, to examine their sibling relationships, and to assess how school and society influenced their perceptions about disabilities. Results from this study can help family members understand how disability shapes relationships between children. The findings also provide key stakeholders with information that might help them better support families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1257-1271
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2 2018


  • India
  • Siblings
  • disabilities
  • sibling relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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