Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sharyn DeZelar


Social Work


The well sibling experience of a severe mental illness (SMI) is a wildly understudied component of behavioral health research. This should not be so: siblings can share a genetic makeup, similar upbringings, and value systems, and often remain voluntary, unofficial caregivers of their ill sibling. Through autoethnography, this writer seeks to understand her relationship with her ill brother and the ways that it has been affected by his SMI. This study aims to illuminate the experience of the well sibling in order to better assist practitioners and policy makers alike. Furthermore, this research hopes to inspire others to explore their stories of SMI and discover what healing they can obtain from doing so.

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