Research indicates that, in some instances, siblings can be a first line of defense when a child experiences bullying. Research also shows that children with disabilities are often prime targets of bullying. However, no research was located that specifically explored the relationship between siblings of children with disabilities, their perceptions of bullying and the roles that they play when bullying occurs. This study investigated siblings' perceptions of bullying through a qualitative interview. Twelve participants ranged in age from 7 to 13. Few participants described witnessing siblings with special needs being bullied; however, many of these children described themselves at bystanders who intervene when a peer is being bullied. Several factors, such as the young age of the participants' siblings or the fact that none of our participants attended school with their sibling, may be related to the lack of bullying that was reported. Future research may investigate the experiences of children with school-aged siblings with disabilities.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Proctor, Lindsay M., "Bullying: A Qualitative Study of Siblings of Young Children with Disabilities" (2012). All Theses and Dissertations. 3345.
bullying, siblings, disability, qualitative research