Siblings of Individuals With Developmental Disorders

Regardless of whether a disability is present, siblings often have the longest-lasting familial relationship. When a developmental disorder (DD) is present, siblings may fulfill different and unique roles. For example, when parents are no longer able to provide care, siblings often become the next generation of caregivers for siblings with DD. Given that individuals with DD are increasingly living longer lives and, in many instances, outliving their parents, it is crucial to understand and better support siblings of individuals with DD. This entry discusses siblings of individuals with DD in childhood and adulthood, sibling well-being, closeness of individuals with their brothers and sisters with DD, caregiving roles, and support needs.

Siblings of Individuals With DD in Childhood

Sibling Well-Being

It was once assumed that siblings of individuals with ...

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