The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore from a retrospective approach the challenges siblings experienced growing up with a sibling with autism. The coping strategies siblings used to cope with possible challenges were also explored. This study employed face-to-face and telephone interviews with 12 self-identified siblings who grew up with a sibling with autism. Questions from a researcher-developed interview guide elicited responses about the challenges and coping strategies of siblings growing up with a brother or sister with autism.
Results indicate that the majority of respondents reported being impacted the most during their childhood and adolescent years. Respondents indicated an impact in the following categories: familial, school, social and psychological well-being. Respondents identified the following coping strategies: engaging in self-care activities, learning to accept sibling's condition and utilizing their support system. Recommendations to professionals include: providing opportunities that help build strong sibling relationships, teaching siblings techniques to deal with emotions and challenges and provide opportunities for siblings to establish a support system with other siblings.
|Advisor:||Ranney, Molly J.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Developmental psychology|
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