University of Washington Survey: Positive Results of Sibshops Last into Adulthood

The Sibling Support Project has been helping local agencies start Sibshops for several years. Many of the sibs who attended Sibshops as kids are now adults—and some of them are assuming increasingly active roles in the lives of their adult sibs who have disabilities.

Over the years, many Sibshop “grads” have shared with us how their involvement in Sibshops has positively affected their relationships with their siblings with disabilities and their own lives.

In the spring of 2005, University of Washington colleagues Amanda Johnson and Susan Sandall conducted an online survey of adults (ages 18-34, n=30) who had participated in Sibshops as children, and confirmed that when it comes to the lasting impact of Sibshops, there’s lots of good news to share.

Here are just a few of their findings:

  • Over 90% of the respondents said Sibshops had a positive effect on the feelings they had for their siblings;
  • Sibshops taught coping strategies to over two-th