ERIC Number: EJ767549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Adjustment of Non-Disabled Siblings of Children with Autism
Macks, Ryan J.; Reeve, Ronald E.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v37 n6 p1060-1067 Jul 2007
This study compared the psychosocial and emotional adjustment of siblings of children with autism and siblings of non-disabled children. In addition, differences between self and parent reports, as well as various demographic characteristics were examined. Fifty-one siblings of children with autism and 35 siblings of non-disabled children, between the ages of 7 and 17, along with one parent of each sibling, participated. Results indicated that the presence of a child with autism appears to enhance the psychosocial and emotional development of non-disabled siblings when demographic risk factors are limited. However, the presence of a child with autism appears to have an increasingly unfavorable impact on the non-disabled sibling as demographic risk factors increase.
Descriptors: Emotional Adjustment, Siblings, At Risk Persons, Emotional Development, Autism, Adjustment (to Environment), Sibling Relationship, Comparative Analysis, Parent Attitudes, Demography, Children, Family Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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