Adjustment of siblings of children with a disability: Methodological issues

  • M. Cuskelly


Siblings of individuals with a disability have long been considered to be vulnerable to adjustment difficulties. There are a number of publications written for parents and those who work with families of children with a disability that perpetuate this assumption, however, the research support for this position is equivocal. This article reviews the research and discusses some of the methodological shortcomings which contribute to the lack of consensus. Recommendations are presented for improving the quality of research into sibling experiences and outcomes, and the implications of the review for counselling practice are discussed.


Methodological Issue Research Support Methodological Shortcoming Adjustment Difficulty Sibling Experience 


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  • M. Cuskelly
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  1. 1.Fred and Eleanor Schonell Special Education Research CentreThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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