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What About Me? : Growing Up With A Developmentally Disabled Sibling - Bryna Siegel

What About Me?

Growing Up With A Developmentally Disabled Sibling

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780738206301
Number Of Pages: 316

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<>A compassionate and accessible guide on living with and caring for a developmentally disabled sibling.<>

Introduction
Personal and Clinical Perspectives on Siblings of Developmentally Disabled Children and Adultsp. 1
A Personal Storyp. 5
What Research Tells Us about the Brothers and Sisters of Developmentally Disabled Childrenp. 17
How Common Are Families with a Developmentally Disabled Member?p. 18
The "Labeling" of People with Developmental Disabilitiesp. 22
The Meaning of Sibling Relationshipsp. 24
Factors Influencing Sibling Copingp. 28
Moving from Research to Individual Casesp. 38
A Family's Adjustment to a Developmentally Disabled Childp. 39
The Relationship between the Parentsp. 40
Factors That Affect How Well Parents Raise Children Togetherp. 42
Other Parenting Stressorsp. 50
Parental Age and Approaches to Child Rearingp. 53
Parental Denial and Its Relation to Social Supportp. 55
Extended-Family Social Support and the Nonhandicapped Siblingsp. 57
Parental Problems in Confronting the Disabled Child's Diagnosisp. 58
The Effects of Pointing the Finger of Blamep. 62
The Age of Recognition and the Age of Diagnosisp. 64
Explaining Developmental Disability to Nonhandicapped Siblingsp. 65
Conclusionsp. 70
Cultural, Religious, and Educational Factors Influencing Family Adjustmentp. 71
Different Cultures and Different Attitudes toward the Developmentally Disabledp. 72
Mainstream Culture and Changing Attitudes toward Developmental Disabilitiesp. 72
Asian Families and Developmental Disabilitiesp. 76
Latino Families and Developmental Disabilitiesp. 79
African-American Families and Developmental Disabilitiesp. 81
Religion and How It Helps in Coping with a Disabled Childp. 83
A Parent's Level of Formal Education and Coping with a Disabled Childp. 86
Conclusionsp. 92
Coping and Defending: Applying the Adult-Children-of-Alcoholics Modelp. 93
The Adult-Children-of-Alcoholics (ACOA) Modelp. 94
Maladaptive Coping in Families with a Developmentally Disabled Childp. 105
More Positive Copingp. 112
The Parentified Childp. 113
Defining Parentificationp. 113
The Circumstances of Parentificationp. 114
Taking Actions to Understand and Help the Parentified Childp. 124
Adolescent Backlashp. 128
Who Is at Risk of Becoming a Parentified Child?p. 137
Approaches to Copingp. 133
The Withdrawn Childp. 137
Who Is the Withdrawn Child?p. 137
The Roots of Withdrawn Behaviorp. 141
Helping the Withdrawn Child to Feel Betterp. 142
Difficulties Encountered at Home by the Withdrawn Childp. 143
Characteristics of the Withdrawn Child in Adolescence and Adulthoodp. 147
Who Is at Risk of Becoming a Withdrawn Child?p. 147
Detecting Depression in the Withdrawn Childp. 149
Professional Help for a Withdrawn, Depressed Childp. 154
Conclusionsp. 154
The Acting-Out Childp. 157
Acting-Out Behaviorp. 158
Characteristics of the Acting-Out Childp. 163
Who Is at Risk of Becoming an Acting-Out Child?p. 164
Helping the Acting-Out Childp. 166
Conclusionsp. 169
The Superachieving Childp. 171
Superachieving and Perfectionismp. 171
The Mental Age Gapp. 173
The Importance of Being Independentp. 174
The Need for a Separate Life Outside the Homep. 177
The Hero or Mascot of the Familyp. 178
Intermittent Reinforcement of Achievementsp. 178
Superachieving and Family Characteristicsp. 179
Implications for the Adult Siblingp. 180
Promoting a Healthy Family Lifep. 183
Adjustment to a Disabled Sibling as a Child and as an Adultp. 183
Stressors That Affect Family Functioningp. 187
Suggestions for Coping with Areas of Family Conflictp. 190
Problem-Solving Skillsp. 195
Aids to Family Coping from Outside the Homep. 199
Residential Placementp. 202
Legal Aspects of Becoming Your Brother's Keeperp. 205
Responsibilities of an Adult Siblingp. 205
The Politics and Psychology of Public Servicesp. 207
Services for the Disabled and the Tax Revoltp. 208
Strategies for Gaining Access to Servicesp. 210
Legal and Financial Issuesp. 212
Public Services for Disabled Personsp. 217
Strategies for Successful Advocacyp. 220
Afterwordp. 225
Appendixes
Discussion-Group and Support-Group Materials and Topics for Individual Considerationp. 227
The Mixing of Coping Styles: Adult Siblings--Individual or Group Exercisep. 229
Positive and Negative Connotations of Coping Styles: Adult Siblings--Group Discussionp. 231
Sibling Areas of Conflict: Adult Siblings--Questionnairep. 233
Social Support and Family Resources Questionnaire: Adult Siblings or Parents--Individual and Group Exercisep. 243
Defenses and Negative Affects: Adult Siblings--Group or Individual Exercisep. 249
Adult Siblings: Parentified Child--Questionnairep. 251
Adult Siblings: Withdrawn Child--Questionnairep. 257
Adult Siblings: Acting-Out Child--Questionnairep. 261
Adult Siblings: Superachieving Child--Questionnairep. 265
Parent-Sibling Interaction: Parent Exercisep. 269
Children's Concept of Developmental Disabilities: Parent Exercisep. 271
Family Problem-Solving Approaches: Siblings and Parents--Home or Family Therapy Exercisep. 273
For Further Readingp. 275
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780738206301
ISBN-10: 073820630X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1