Siblings of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Theoretical Perspectives on Sibling Relationships and Individual Adjustment

Susan M. McHale, Kimberly A. Updegraff, Mark E. Feinberg

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A burgeoning research literature investigates the sibling relationships of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their implications for individual adjustment. Focusing on four relationship domains—behaviors, emotions, cognitions and involvement—and toward advancing this generally atheoretical literature, we review and apply tenets from a range of theoretical perspectives in an effort to illuminate the mechanisms underlying sibling relationship experiences and their adjustment implications. Our review suggests new directions for research to test theoretically-grounded hypotheses about how sibling relationships develop and are linked to individual adjustment. In addition, we consider how identifying underlying bio-psycho-social processes can aid in the development of interventions to promote warm and involved sibling relationships and positive youth development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-602
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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