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ERIC Number: EJ1015868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Examining the Role of Communication on Sibling Relationship Quality and Interaction for Sibling Pairs with and without a Developmental Disability
Smith, Ashlyn L.; Romski, MaryAnn; Sevcik, Rose A.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v118 n5 p394-409 Sep 2013
This study examined communication interaction patterns when one sibling had a developmental disability as well as the role of communication skills in sibling relationship quality. Thirty sibling dyads were categorized into one of three communication status groups: emerging, context-dependent, and independent communicators. Independent communicators and their siblings did not differ in terms of syntactic complexity but typically developing siblings dominated the interaction and exhibited greater lexical diversity regardless of communication status. Communication status did not impact the warmth/closeness, rivalry, or conflict in the sibling relationship, but siblings of independent communicators engaged in the greatest amount of helping and managing behaviors. These results represent a first step in understanding the role of communication skills in the sibling relationship for families of children with disabilities.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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