Research Recruitment


We are pleased that you are interested in conducting research on siblings as this is a much needed area of research. At the SLN, we have a process wherein researchers submit their recruitment materials and IRB approval. Our Research Committee then reviews the materials and, if approved, distributes the materials to the SLN constituency, including the SLN chapters.

Please click here to complete the research recruitment proposal form

The SLN works to promote two research goals:

  1. To increase the visibility and accessibility of sibling research
  2. To increase awareness about including siblings in research about individuals with disabilities and their families.

Increasing the visibility and accessibility of sibling research

We have created several documents. The following briefs provide highlights from the latest research regarding siblings of people with disabilities.

  1. SLN Adult Siblings Research Brief
  2. SLN Young Siblings Research Brief
  3. We have also produced a sibling bibliography of research articles about siblings with and without disabilities. Sibling Bibliography
  4. The last document is a more detailed excel worksheet describing sibling research. Excel Spreadsheet The articles span from 1962 to 2016. Included in the Excel sheet is a brief synopsis of the characteristics of each article including:
    • Type of disability of the sibling
    • Age range of the sibling
    • Topic addressed
    • Type of data collected
    • Research Design
    • Citation information

By having a database of sibling research, we hope that you can more easily find articles of interest.

Please feel free to share either of these documents. We suggest the following citation: Sibling Leadership Network. (2016). Bibliography for Sibling Research. Retrieved from

Increasing the Inclusion of Siblings in Disability Research

We hope to support fellow sibling researchers by providing a forum to share ideas and receive feedback. We work with sibling researchers and researchers interested in sibling issues to find appropriate recruitment methods and develop quality research programs.

With Not For: The Importance of Inclusivity in Research

Olivia Najdovski with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and Special Olympics athlete and Board Member, Ben Haack, tell us about the importance of inclusion in research. This article introduces an inclusive study they are conducting to survey people with IDD about their experiences with siblings.

More from Special Olympics:

  • Tips for Inclusive Research: Tips to conduct research which meaningfully includes people with intellectual disabilities throughout the entire research process. – English
  • Sibling Experiences Research One-Pager: This guide presents findings from a study exploring the experiences of siblings of people with intellectual disabilities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia Pacific – English | Spanish
  • Sibling Relationships: The Current Literature: An overview of the experiences of siblings of people with intellectual disabilities based on findings from a literature review of the current research. – English
  • Sibling Relationships: Athlete Leader Perspectives: Results and recommendations from a survey and interviews with Special Olympics Athlete Leaders about their relationship with their siblings. – English