The attitudes of typically developing adolescents towards their sibling with autism spectrum disorder

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dc.contributor.author Van der Merwe, Christine
dc.contributor.author Bornman, Juan, 1968-
dc.contributor.author Donohue, Dana K.
dc.contributor.author Harty, Michal
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-16T09:16:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-16T09:16:19Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-26
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Understanding how the cognitive, emotional and behavioural components of sibling attitudes interact with one another at various stages of a sibling’s lifespan will allow clinicians to provide better support to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. However, no research exists which focusses on describing the attitudes of adolescent siblings of children with ASD within the South African context towards their sibling with an ASD. The primary aim of this study was to investigate how typically developing adolescents recall their past attitudes and describe their present attitudes towards their sibling with an ASD. METHODS : Thirty typically developing adolescents who have siblings with ASD were selected to complete the survey instrument, the Lifespan Sibling Relationship Scale, using a crosssectional design. RESULTS : Results indicate that the measure has internal consistency within this sample. Wilcoxon signed-ranks tests were used to test for significant differences between the mean values for the two self-reported time periods. Friedman analysis of variances (ANOVAs) was used to test for significant differences in the three components of attitudes, namely affect, behaviour and cognition. Results indicate that participants held more positive attitudes towards their siblings with ASD as adolescents compared with when they were younger and that adolescents rated their current emotions towards and beliefs about their sibling with ASD to be more positive than their current interaction experiences. CONCLUSION : As siblings’ attitudes appear to change over time, clinicians should use a lifespan approach to sibling attitudes when designing and implementing supports for siblings of children with ASD. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.sajcd.org.za/index.php/SAJCD en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van der Merwe, C., Bornman, J., Dana Donohue, D., & Harty, M., 2017 ‘The attitudes of typically developing adolescents towards their sibling with autism spectrum disorder’, South African Journal of Communication Disorders 64(1), a184. https://doi. org/ 10.4102/sajcd.v64i1.184. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0379-8046 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2225-4765 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajcd.v64i1.184
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/64010
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Children en_ZA
dc.subject Clinicians en_ZA
dc.subject Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) en_ZA
dc.subject Adolescent siblings en_ZA
dc.subject Attitudes en_ZA
dc.title The attitudes of typically developing adolescents towards their sibling with autism spectrum disorder en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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