Sibling Research

The MSSN has produced a summary brief on the State of Siblings! To view State of Siblings Summary Brief, click here.

To view the brief translated into Spanish, click here.

To view the brief translated into Haitian-Creole, click here.


Sibling research is an evolving field of study. The literature on siblings includes clinical research and empirical studies, both qualitative and quantitative, with quantitative studies tending to be more common. Sibling studies have tended to focus on children but there is a growing body of knowledge about adult siblings.

We recommend the following research-driven content:

Developing an Autism-Related Future Planning Program for Adult Siblings Webinar

Families and Autism Research Lab

Lifespan Family Research Program

Research articles related to siblings of individuals with disabilities:

If you’ve recently published a paper on sibling issues and would like to share it with the MSSN, please contact us.