Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Sibling guardians: Obstacles, opportunities, and emergent identities

Class

Article

Graduation Year

2018

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies Department

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kristina Scharp

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

For many, siblings are some of the some of the closest and long-lasting relationships people will have over the course of their lifetime. Unfortunately, siblings might have to take on unexpected responsibility when they are required to become a sibling guardian when their primary caregivers are unavailable (e.g., death, incarceration, etc.). This tumultuous transition is a major disruption for a family as siblings have to take on new roles, adjust to different power dynamics, and navigate parenthood unexpectedly. One way people make sense of these major disruptions is by sharing their stories with others. Indeed, narratives both reflect and construct a person’s well-being. Thus, taking an interpretive narrative approach, we engaged in a narrative thematic analysis to explore the types of identities sibling guardians construct in their online narratives about their transition to parenthood as well as the specific obstacles and opportunities they perceive. Implications and applications will be discussed.

Location

South Atrium

Start Date

4-13-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

4-13-2017 4:15 PM

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Apr 13th, 3:00 PM Apr 13th, 4:15 PM

Sibling guardians: Obstacles, opportunities, and emergent identities

South Atrium

For many, siblings are some of the some of the closest and long-lasting relationships people will have over the course of their lifetime. Unfortunately, siblings might have to take on unexpected responsibility when they are required to become a sibling guardian when their primary caregivers are unavailable (e.g., death, incarceration, etc.). This tumultuous transition is a major disruption for a family as siblings have to take on new roles, adjust to different power dynamics, and navigate parenthood unexpectedly. One way people make sense of these major disruptions is by sharing their stories with others. Indeed, narratives both reflect and construct a person’s well-being. Thus, taking an interpretive narrative approach, we engaged in a narrative thematic analysis to explore the types of identities sibling guardians construct in their online narratives about their transition to parenthood as well as the specific obstacles and opportunities they perceive. Implications and applications will be discussed.