Background This descriptive study was conducted in order to determine the self-respect and school success of the healthy siblings of the trainable mentally disabled children.
Methods The data of the study was collected by informative data form and Coopersmith Self- Esteem Scale between. The school grades of the healthy siblings at the end of the year were obtained from e-school system. The healthy siblings of 91 mentally disabled children who are getting private training and who have siblings were icluded in the study.
Results The healthy siblings of the mentally disabled children icluded in the study, 42.8% were between the ages of 12–14 and 57.1% were female, 42.8% were attending second-level primary school classes. The self-respect point average of the healthy siblings of the mentally disabled children was 59.2 ± 14.9; and 69.2% of them had medium level, 27.5% of them high level of self-respect. The self-respect of the healthy siblings was affected by the gender of the mentally disabled sibling and the employment status of the father. The school success level of 60.4% of the healthy siblings at the end of the year was found to be ‘good’.
Conclusion Supporting the self-respect and school success of the healthy siblings of the mentally disabled children in a way that they would not be affected by their siblings’ disability, the families’ sparing enough time for the daily needs of the healthy children and their performences at school, improving the cooperation between parents.
- Mental disability
- healthy sibling
- school success