Title

The Sisters’ Advantage? Broader Autism Phenotype Characteristics and Young Adults’ Sibling Support

Keywords

broader autism phenotype, siblings, support, young adulthood, multi-level model, within family

Abstract

Siblings often oversee the well-being of an adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current study contributes to the literature by examining correlates of support provided to siblings in young adulthood in the context of the broader autism phenotype (BAP). Young adults (n = 866; Mage = 25.43, SD = 2.54; 55% female) reported on support provided to and the BAP characteristics of 1198 different siblings (Mage = 28.56, SD = 8.87; 50% female). Findings showed that young adults provided more emotional and practical support to sisters that they perceived to be higher in BAP characteristics. These findings suggest that sisters who have characteristics associated with ASD may be at an advantage in receiving support.

Original Publication Citation

Jensen, A. C., & Orsmond, G. I. (2019). The sisters’ advantage? The Broader Autism Phenotype and young adults’ sibling support. The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49, 4256-4267.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019-07-09

Publisher

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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