Collaboration among siblings providing care for older parents

Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, Margaret B. Neal, Jung Hwa Ha, Leslie B. Hammer

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As their parents age, adult siblings must find ways in which to jointly assist in their care. Based on a sample of 40 focus group participants who described caregiving relationships among siblings, this study focused on those who equitably shared in the care of their parents. Findings indicated that siblings distributed caregiving responsibilities by taking turns as well as by caregiver task and/or expertise. Factors associated with sibling collaboration were: redefining the caregiving system, enjoying time together, setting aside time for care planning, and implementing suggestions from aging parents. Practice implications highlight ways in which to facilitate this collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-66
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 10 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Families in later life
  • Parent care
  • Sibling caregiving
  • Sibling collaboration
  • Sibling relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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