Adult Siblings of Individuals with Developmental and Psychiatric Disabilities: Relationship Quality, Coping, and Plans for the Future
The following study examines the experience of adult siblings of individuals who have developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Using a mixed methods research design, the researcher evaluated 84 self-reports of adult sibling relationship quality, coping strategies, and responses to qualitative questions regarding relational characterizations and expectations for the future planning and care for brothers and sisters with special needs. This study identified significant correlations between warm sibling relationships and coping strategies. A thematic analysis of the qualitative responses revealed themes that created complementarity to the quantitative findings and indicate directions for future research.
Rice, Margarita Velez