Siblings play an important role in the lives of their brothers and
sisters with intellectual disability when they reside in the parental
home. Many assume a primary caregiving role following the death of their
parents or when parents are no longer able to give care. Sources of
stress reported by 39 adult siblings of Irish men and women with
intellectual disability were explored. Siblings who were primary
caregivers were older and earned less income than their counterparts in a
second group who lived in the parental home and who had an especially
close bond with their brother or sister with intellectual disability.
Perceived social support as well as their brother or sisterís
independence were significantly related to the stress reported by
siblings on the short form of the QRS-F. Neither levels of reported
stress nor the presence of a plan for their relativeís future
distinguished the two groups of siblings.