Adult siblings are important in the lives of individuals with profound intellectual disabilities, especially as parents age. However, little is known about the roles they assume.

We examined these roles among 58 participants from the Netherlands, who completed an online questionnaire.

Most participants (89.7%) assumed multiple roles, and the majority were content with their roles. Between 7% and 58% indicated that they were the only individuals providing a certain role. Shared roles primarily involved healthcare professionals, other siblings, and parents. Almost half the participants (48.2%) assigned higher scores for the amount of support provided than for the experienced burden.

Adult siblings often assume multiple roles. The shared roles emphasise the importance of collaboration.
Translated title of the contributionDe rol van volwassen broers en zussen van mensen met een ernstige verstandelijke beperking
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1308-1318
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2023


  • family
  • multiple disabilities
  • profound intellectual disability
  • siblings
  • support


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