Proposal Title

Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: Implications of Gender Roles and Informal Caregiving

Author Type

Undergraduate Student

Location

U-Hall 3-094

Start Date

28-3-2018 3:10 PM

End Date

28-3-2018 4:00 PM

Presentation Type

Paper

Abstract

This paper is aimed to examine the potential overlap between the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities and implications of traditional gender roles, with specific attention to stressors related to informal caregiving. Research studies are presented that examine the sibling experience, including individual’s coping mechanisms, stress levels, mental health issues, and qualitative responses regarding future planning. Presented in parallel to the sibling research, studies are discussed regarding informal caregiving, particularly to the geriatric population. Gender-based caregiving studies are examined with the same research question in mind. Does gender affect caregivers and the caregiving relationship differently? Does gender affect siblings and the sibling relationships differently? Most importantly, how can we synthesize the findings from these independent studies to draw conclusions about how gender interacts with caregiving for siblings? Findings from this paper support the hypothesis that females are generally fulfilling traditional gender roles in care-centered relationships. According to several key studies examining these relationships, researchers have found sisters reporting higher levels of involvement with their sibling’s care. There is room for growth in this unique intersection of identities, we look to further investigate outcomes of gendered caregiving so that we can continue to develop better support for individuals in these situations.

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Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: Implications of Gender Roles and Informal Caregiving

U-Hall 3-094

This paper is aimed to examine the potential overlap between the experiences of siblings of individuals with disabilities and implications of traditional gender roles, with specific attention to stressors related to informal caregiving. Research studies are presented that examine the sibling experience, including individual’s coping mechanisms, stress levels, mental health issues, and qualitative responses regarding future planning. Presented in parallel to the sibling research, studies are discussed regarding informal caregiving, particularly to the geriatric population. Gender-based caregiving studies are examined with the same research question in mind. Does gender affect caregivers and the caregiving relationship differently? Does gender affect siblings and the sibling relationships differently? Most importantly, how can we synthesize the findings from these independent studies to draw conclusions about how gender interacts with caregiving for siblings? Findings from this paper support the hypothesis that females are generally fulfilling traditional gender roles in care-centered relationships. According to several key studies examining these relationships, researchers have found sisters reporting higher levels of involvement with their sibling’s care. There is room for growth in this unique intersection of identities, we look to further investigate outcomes of gendered caregiving so that we can continue to develop better support for individuals in these situations.