Siblings of adults with schizophrenia: Expectations about future caregiving roles

Matthew J. Smith*, Jan S. Greenberg, Marsha Mailick Seltzer

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Sibling expectations to provide future instrumental or emotional support for a brother or sister with schizophrenia when parents became disabled or died were examined. Data came from a sample of 137 siblings participating in a longitudinal study of aging families of adults with schizophrenia. Early socialization experiences, the quality of the sibling relationship, and personal caregiver gains propel siblings toward a future caregiving role, whereas geographic distance and beliefs about the controllability of psychiatric symptoms reduce expectations of future involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Caregiver gains
  • Family caregiving
  • Mental illness
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sibling relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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