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Experiences of Australian siblings of an individual with an autism spectrum disorder
Child and Family Behavior Therapy
  • Vicki Bitsika, Bond University
  • Christopher F. Sharpley, Bond University
  • Rebecca Mailli, Bond University
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4-3-2015
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Journal Article
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Bitsika, V., Sharpley, C. F., & Mailli, R. (2015). Experiences of Australian siblings of an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 37(2), 93-104.

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The experiences of 75 non-Autism Spectrum Disorder (NASD) children and adolescents who had a sibling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were investigated. Differences were found according to age and gender for issues such as amount of time spent with their sibling and access to parents. Having a younger sibling with an ASD was associated with a lower level of confidence in being able to live their lives as they wished. Female NASD participants commented that their lives were more influenced than male NASD participants. About half of all NASD participants reported inconsistencies in family rule adherences and parental expectation.

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Vicki Bitsika, Christopher F. Sharpley and Rebecca Mailli. "Experiences of Australian siblings of an individual with an autism spectrum disorder" Child and Family Behavior Therapy Vol. 37 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 93 - 104 ISSN: 0731-7107
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vicki_bitsika/54/