Supporting positive sibling relationships during childhood
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2001
Copyright © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Special Issue: Community Living
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 134–142, May 2001
How to Cite
Stoneman, Z. (2001), Supporting positive sibling relationships during childhood. Ment. Retard. Dev. Disabil. Res. Rev., 7: 134–142. doi: 10.1002/mrdd.1019
- Issue published online: 25 MAY 2001
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2001
This paper reviews the research literature focusing on the interpersonal relationships between siblings when one child has a disability. Descriptive findings are presented that compare and contrast sibling warmth and positivity, engagement, and conflict in sibling pairs with and without a child with a disability. The social roles assumed by siblings are examined, as are developmental changes in role relationships. Research on the development of the sibling relationship in the family context is reviewed, as are findings concerning the effects of parent differential attention on the quality of the sibling relationship. MRDD Research Reviews 7:134–142, 2001. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.