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Adults with Mental Retardation and Their Aging Mothers: Impacts of Siblings

Gary B. Seltzer, Audrey Begun, Marsha Mailick Seltzer and Marty Wyngaarden Krauss
Family Relations
Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jul., 1991), pp. 310-317
DOI: 10.2307/585017
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585017
Page Count: 8
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Adults with Mental Retardation and Their Aging Mothers: Impacts of Siblings
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Abstract

This article examines the relationships between adults with mental retardation and their nonhandicapped siblings and the effect of these relationships on the well-being of aging mothers. Families are found to differ in their level and pattern of sibling involvement. Mothers whose children provided support to the adult with retardation had better well-being than mothers with no other children or no involved children. These findings are discussed in the context of family systems theory and parent-child relationships during later years.

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