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Kristen Coffey & Heather Wasson

Coffey, K. & Wasson, H. (2004, May). Young adults' levels of caregiving for hypothetical siblings.
Mentor: Dr. Laraine M. Glidden


Because siblings are known to provide assistance to their brothers and sisters with disabilities, discovering what affects the levels of caregiving may help us understand why some people will partake in caretaking responsibilities of their siblings with disabilities and others will not. Participants included 100 St. Mary's College of Maryland students with a mean age of 18.20 years of which 26% were male and 74% were female. They received a vignette describing a hypothetical sibling suddenly stricken with severe disabilities who needs daily caretaking. They completed a battery of surveys that included the Level of Involvement Scale, NEO-Five Factor Inventory, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Scale of Attitudes toward Disabled Persons, and a list of adult roles. Our analyses revealed: a preference for distal tasks (i.e., non-personal) over proximal tasks (i.e., personal), greater caregiving levels among females, and higher caregiving levels for siblings who were not going to live for more than two years. The findings of this study and future research may reveal important information for adults who become the primary caregivers for their siblings after their parents relinquish this role.

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