The Role of Attachment in the Psychological Development of the Siblings of Children Affected by Autism: An Analysis
Families who have a child on the autism spectrum generally experience more stress when compared to families who have typically developing children or children with another disorder. Some of these stressors include increased responsibilities, emotional distress, marital conflict, and financial hardships. This has raised questions for researchers about the psychological impact on the typically developing siblings (TDS) of such a stressful environment. Research in this area, thus far, has focused on the environmental and biological factors that have shown to be associated with either resiliency or maladaptive functioning in the sibling. The role of attachment has not been studied extensively and examination of this construct could provide insight on the development of poor psychological functioning. Therefore, this critical analysis aims to show how a secure attachment can serve as a protective factor from siblings developing behavioral and emotional problems. Included in this analysis are the implications of attachment in the object of study, as well as qualitative direction for future research.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Clements, Mari L.
Autism in children, Sibling attachment, Child psychology, Brothers and sisters.