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The adult sibling's experience of aggressive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder: A qualitative study
by Salucci, Cristiana, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 90; 1586518
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored adult siblings' experiences growing up in a home with a sibling diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by talking to the siblings directly. Additionally, this study examined what, if any, impact the physical aggression exhibited by the child with ASD had on the siblings' childhood. The researcher developed an interview guide and conducted one on one interviews with 13 siblings of children with ASD who exhibited aggressive behaviors.

The study found that the participants felt unequipped to handle the aggression, were often anxious in their home due to the unpredictability of the behaviors, and felt overlooked during their childhood. The participants also spoke of many rewarding aspects of having a sibling with ASD including learning patience and compassion from a young age and feeling pride in their sibling's accomplishments. Recommendations for supporting this specific population are outlined. Implications for social work practice are also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chambers, Ruth M.
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Meyer-Adams, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Aggression, Asd, Autism, Behavior, Qualitative, Sibling
Publication Number: 1586518
ISBN: 978-1-321-68265-6
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