The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Sibling Relationships
This paper examined the effect of family functioning and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on adult sibling relationships. The goal of this study was to increase understanding about how family functioning relates to adult sibling relationships, as well as to understand if ACEs moderate the relationship between family functioning and adult sibling relationships. This study utilized the McMaster Family Model of family functioning to examine family systems (Epstein, Bishop, & Levin, 1978) and understand if family systems interact with ACEs to predict adult sibling relationships. It was hypothesized that ACEs would moderate the relationship between family functioning and the lifespan sibling relationships, child sibling relationships, and adult sibling relationships and that the ACEs would predict lifespan sibling relationships. Results did not support these hypotheses. ACEs did not moderate the relationship between family functioning and sibling relationships. The ACEs and sibling relationships were significantly correlated. Family functioning was found to significantly predict lifespan sibling relationships, child sibling relationships, and adult sibling relationships.
Edwards, Purdue University.
Mental health|Behavioral psychology|Individual & family studies
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