ERIC Number: EJ936978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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Predictors of Helping Profession Choice and Volunteerism among Siblings of Adults with Mild Intellectual Deficits
Taylor, Julie Lounds; Shivers, Carolyn M.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v116 n4 p263-277 Jul 2011
This study examined aspects of the sibling relationship that predicted helping profession choice and volunteerism in siblings of individuals with mild intellectual deficits at 3 points in adulthood: their mid-30s, early 50s, and mid-60s. The 393 respondents were from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a prospective, longitudinal study following participants from ages 18 to 64 years. Being an only sibling predicted greater helping profession choice for female but not male siblings. Being older than the brother or sister with mild intellectual deficits as well as having more contact with and feeling closer to that brother or sister predicted more volunteerism for female but not for male siblings. Earlier measures of contact and closeness were better predictors of volunteerism than concurrent measures.
Descriptors: Siblings, Sibling Relationship, Predictor Variables, Volunteers, Career Choice, Helping Relationship, Allied Health Personnel, Mild Mental Retardation, Adults, Age Differences, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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