ERIC Number: ED253008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Coping by Siblings of the Handicapped: The Role of Altruistic Helping.
Midlarsky, Elizabeth; Hannah, Mary Elizabeth
The paper examines the possible role of siblings of handicapped children in helping or caretaking. A review of the literature is performed as a basis for proposing that there are circumstances in which intrinsically motivated, or altruistic, helping may be a more adaptive approach to coping with a handicapped brother or sister than other strategies, including enforced compliance to helping demands, indifference, or withdrawal. A model is presented which sets three kinds of antecedents as bases for voluntary adoption of a helper role within the family: demographic factors, personality variables, and situational factors. Research is reviewed on the predisposition to help, helping behavior, and mental health outcomes. It is concluded that there is evidence to support the position that voluntary helping may be used as a means for productive and successful coping with the stress of living with a handicapped sibling. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).