Family Adaptation and Coping Among Siblings of Cancer Patients, their Brothers and Sisters, and Nonclinical Controls

Avi Madan-Swain, Sandra B. Sexson, Ronald T. Brown, Abdel Ragab

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Abstract

This study examined coping and family adaptation in siblings of cancer patients, their ill brothers or sisters, and a control group consisting of nonclinical children who have healthy siblings. Assessments included children’s self-report measures of coping and family adaptation. Variables of individual differences, including gender and age of the sibling, and family constellation factors, including birth order and number of siblings in the family, were examined to determine effects on coping. Better adaptation was found in larger families, while decreased family involvement was found among older siblings. Recommendations for future research include elucidating the process by which children adjust to having a chronically ill sibling in their family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-70
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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