Journal article

The social functioning of siblings of children with cancer: a multi-informant investigation.

Melissa A Alderfer, Caroline Stanley, Rowena Conroy, Kristin A Long, Diane L Fairclough, Anne E Kazak, Robert B Noll

Journal of Pediatric Psychology | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2015


OBJECTIVE: This study examined social functioning among siblings of children with cancer. METHOD: A case-control design was applied to school- and home-based data from multiple informants (peers, teachers, mothers, and self). Social reputation and peer acceptance within the classroom was compared for 87 siblings (aged 8-16 years) and 256 demographically matched peers. Self-perceptions of peer relationships and parent-reported social competence were examined among 67 siblings and 67 matched comparisons. RESULTS: Peer reports (N = 1,633) indicated no differences between siblings and comparisons for social reputation, number of friendships, reciprocated friendships, or peer acceptance. Self-rep..

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