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J Autism Dev Disord. 2007 Jul;37(6):1060-7.

The adjustment of non-disabled siblings of children with autism.

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  • 1Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH 45229-3039, and Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22904-4261, USA.


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.

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