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Typicality and Subtle Difference in Sibling Relationships: Experiences of Adolescents with Autism

Petalas, M.A. and Hastings, R.P. and Nash, S. and Duff, S. (2013) Typicality and Subtle Difference in Sibling Relationships: Experiences of Adolescents with Autism. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 (1). pp. 38-49. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-013-9811-5

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Abstract

Although researchers have explored siblings� perspectives on their relationships with a brother or sister with autism, there is a lack of research on the perspective of the child with an ASD. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 adolescents with an ASD. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the data. Two major themes emerged from the analytic process: 1. Adolescents� reports of seemingly typical sibling interactions, and 2. A typical sibling interactions influenced by having an ASD. Despite the social context reinforcing views that autism impacts the sibling relationship in an atypical way, the overwhelming sense from participants was of typical sibling relationships. The assumption of atypical relationships in families of children with autism may need to be re-evaluated.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 03:50
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:04
ISSN: 1062-1024
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3507
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1007/s10826-013-9811-5
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