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Factors contributing to the quality of sibling relationships for adults with schizophrenia.
Psychiatr Serv 2008; 59(1):57-62PS

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Research suggests that the quality of sibling relationships has a significant impact on the lives of adults with schizophrenia. A life course perspective was used to guide an investigation of the predictors of the quality of the relationship between adults with schizophrenia and their siblings.

METHODS

The data come from a longitudinal study of families of adults with schizophrenia. This study is based on a survey of 136 siblings of adults with schizophrenia. Multiple regression was used to estimate the predictors of sibling relationship quality.

RESULTS

Siblings reported a better relationship when they grew up in a more cohesive family environment (beta=.16, p<.05) and when they experienced more personal gains from coping with the challenges of a brother's or sister's mental illness (beta=.37, p<.001). Siblings reported a worse relationship when they perceived their brother or sister with schizophrenia as having control over his or her symptoms (beta=-.18, p<.05), expressed greater fear of their brother's or sister's behavior (beta=-.17, p<.05), and indicated that their brother or sister had struck or threatened them at some point in their lives (beta=-.18, p<.05).

CONCLUSIONS

The quality of the sibling relationship is a major contributor to sibling involvement in the future and to the quality of life of adults with schizophrenia. By identifying the factors associated with positive sibling relationships, mental health providers will be better prepared to engage siblings in the treatment process and help promote stronger bonds of affection between adults with schizophrenia and their siblings.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders, St Louis, MO 63110, USA. matthew@conte.wustl.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18182540

Citation

Smith, Matthew J., and Jan S. Greenberg. "Factors Contributing to the Quality of Sibling Relationships for Adults With Schizophrenia." Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), vol. 59, no. 1, 2008, pp. 57-62.
Smith MJ, Greenberg JS. Factors contributing to the quality of sibling relationships for adults with schizophrenia. Psychiatr Serv. 2008;59(1):57-62.
Smith, M. J., & Greenberg, J. S. (2008). Factors contributing to the quality of sibling relationships for adults with schizophrenia. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 59(1), pp. 57-62. doi:10.1176/ps.2008.59.1.57.
Smith MJ, Greenberg JS. Factors Contributing to the Quality of Sibling Relationships for Adults With Schizophrenia. Psychiatr Serv. 2008;59(1):57-62. PubMed PMID: 18182540.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Factors contributing to the quality of sibling relationships for adults with schizophrenia. AU - Smith,Matthew J, AU - Greenberg,Jan S, PY - 2008/1/10/pubmed PY - 2008/3/15/medline PY - 2008/1/10/entrez SP - 57 EP - 62 JF - Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.) JO - Psychiatr Serv VL - 59 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Research suggests that the quality of sibling relationships has a significant impact on the lives of adults with schizophrenia. A life course perspective was used to guide an investigation of the predictors of the quality of the relationship between adults with schizophrenia and their siblings. METHODS: The data come from a longitudinal study of families of adults with schizophrenia. This study is based on a survey of 136 siblings of adults with schizophrenia. Multiple regression was used to estimate the predictors of sibling relationship quality. RESULTS: Siblings reported a better relationship when they grew up in a more cohesive family environment (beta=.16, p<.05) and when they experienced more personal gains from coping with the challenges of a brother's or sister's mental illness (beta=.37, p<.001). Siblings reported a worse relationship when they perceived their brother or sister with schizophrenia as having control over his or her symptoms (beta=-.18, p<.05), expressed greater fear of their brother's or sister's behavior (beta=-.17, p<.05), and indicated that their brother or sister had struck or threatened them at some point in their lives (beta=-.18, p<.05). CONCLUSIONS: The quality of the sibling relationship is a major contributor to sibling involvement in the future and to the quality of life of adults with schizophrenia. By identifying the factors associated with positive sibling relationships, mental health providers will be better prepared to engage siblings in the treatment process and help promote stronger bonds of affection between adults with schizophrenia and their siblings. SN - 1075-2730 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18182540/Factors_contributing_to_the_quality_of_sibling_relationships_for_adults_with_schizophrenia_ L2 - https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/ps.2008.59.1.57?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&amp;rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&amp;rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -