ERIC Number: EJ834034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Sibling Relationship Quality and Social Functioning of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disability
Floyd, Frank J.; Purcell, Susan E.; Richardson, Shana S.; Kupersmidt, Janis B.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v114 n2 p110-127 2009
We examined sibling relationships for children and adolescents with intellectual disability and assessed implications for their social functioning. Targets (total N = 212) had either intellectual disability, a chronic illness/physical disability, or no disability. Nontarget siblings reported on relationship quality, sibling interactions were observed, and teachers reported on social adjustment. Group comparisons highlighted the asymmetrical hierarchy and low conflict unique to siblings and targets with intellectual disability. Sibling relationships characterized by high warmth/closeness, positive affect, and few negative behaviors were predictive of fewer behavior problems for the targets at school. Both high warmth/closeness and high conflict predicted greater social competence for the targets with intellectual disability, though warmth, conflict, and sibling management had different implications depending on the sibling's gender.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Siblings, Physical Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Conflict, Chronic Illness, Sibling Relationship, Adolescents, Social Adjustment, Predictor Variables, Interpersonal Competence, Children, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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