Sibling relationships of anxious children: A preliminary investigation.
Examined the sibling relationships of anxious children and nonclinic controls using both self-report and observational coding. Thirty-six clinically anxious and 15 control sibling pairs completed the Sibling Relationship Questionnaire (SRQ) and participated in two 5-min sibling discussion tasks. Discriminant analyses were used to predict group membership using the SRQ factor scores of Warmth/Closeness, Conflict and Status/Power, and the coded dimensions of Warmth, Hostility, Control of Sibling, and Task Maintenance. Compared to control children, the sibling interactions of anxious children were characterized by higher levels of self-reported conflict, more observed control by both children, and less observed warmth from the target child. Findings highlight the need for further research into sibling relationships for anxious children.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology