Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 1060–1067

The Adjustment of Non-Disabled Siblings of Children with Autism

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0249-0

Cite this article as:
Macks, R.J. & Reeve, R.E. J Autism Dev Disord (2007) 37: 1060. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0249-0


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.


Families Children with autism Autistic children Psychosocial adjustment and development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, MLC 4002Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Curry Programs in Clinical and School PsychologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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