Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Research on sibling relationships of chronically ill children has mostly focused on the healthy sibling. This study presents data on the quality of sibling relationships from the perspective of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF). Participants (N =75, aged 10-18) with CF from German-speaking countries completed the “Students Life Satisfaction Scale” (SLSS) and the “Questions on Life Satisfaction for Adolescents and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis” (FLZM-CF). Participants who had one sibling (n = 50) were additionally given the “Sibling Relationship Questionnaire” (SRQ). SRQ scales Warmth/Closeness and Rivalry were significantly elevated compared to normative data. Most participants had a positive view of their sibling relationships. Compared to normative data life satisfaction was significantly lower. Participants with and without siblings did not differ on SLSS and FLZM-CF.
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We thank all the children and adolescents who participated in this study. We thank Dr. Sabine Bojanowski and Dr. Marco Weber for providing the German versions and detailed normative data of the SRQ and the SLSS. Preparation of the manuscript was supported by a translation grant from Ludwigsburg University of Education.
Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
Boß, Katrin and Renner, Gerolf
"It’s Not All About the Healthy Sibling: Sibling Relationships from the Perspective of Children and Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 11:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol11/iss1/7