Department of Psychology, 62 Arch St, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3NG, Canada.
Relationship Quality in Adult Siblings with and without Developmental Disabilities
Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2014
© 2014 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 148–162, February 2014
How to Cite
Burbidge, J. and Minnes, P. (2014), Relationship Quality in Adult Siblings with and without Developmental Disabilities. Family Relations, 63: 148–162. doi: 10.1111/fare.12047
- Issue online: 11 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 24 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 15 DEC 2012
- developmental disabilities;
The authors' first study compared participants' relationships between their siblings with and without a developmental disability (DD) and examined the effect of gender on sibling relationships. The second study explored how adults with a DD perceived their sibling relationships. Adults (n = 128) who had a sibling with and without a DD completed questionnaires about relationship closeness and contact. Participants reported more in-person and telephone contact with siblings with a DD and more positive feelings about the sibling relationship. Gender was not related to the relationship with a sibling with a DD, whereas sisters reported closer relationships and more contact with sisters without a DD as compared to brothers without a DD. Seventeen adults with a DD also completed interviews about shared activities, contact, and sibling support. Participants indicated a desire to spend more time with siblings and reported that they provided support to and received support from their siblings.