This study examined the adjustment of nondisabled siblings of children with a disability. Factors such as family income and characteristics of the nondisabled child as they relate to psychological, behavioral, and academic functioning, and parents' perceptions regarding the needs of nondisabled siblings were explored. Specific attention was given to determining parents' interest in sibling support groups. Study participants consisted of 65 parents who had at least one child between the ages of 5 and 21 with a disability and at least one nondisabled child between. the ages of 5 and 18. The primary caregiver was asked to complete a 22 question Sibling Needs Assessment Survey as well as the rate the behavior of the nondisabled sibling on the Behavior Evaluation Scale-2 Home Version. Significant main effects were found for age and sex of the nondisabled sibling with respect to academic difficulties. More academic difficulties were reported when the nondisabled sibling was older than the child with a disability. In addition, males were rated as having significantly higher problems with school performance than, females. Family income was not found to have a significant effect on the psychological, behavioral, or academic functioning of the nondisabled siblings.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Developmentally disabled children--Family relationships; Children with disabilities--Family relationships; Brothers and sisters
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Carragher, Lynn, "Siblings of children with disabilities: The Needs and adjustment of today's nondisabled siblings" (1998). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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