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The quality of life of siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder

Tinneke Moyson (UGent) and Herbert Roeyers (UGent)
(2011) EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN. 78(1). p.41-55
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This study investigated how siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describe and define their quality of Using a qualitative research design, the authors collected data through a 4-stage process which included in-depth interviews of 17 children ages 6 to 14 and focus groups. All of the children with ASD were male and between the ages of 5 and 16 with mild to moderate impairments; all of the participating families lived in a Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Analyzing data according to the principles of grounded theory resulted in the identification of 9 domains of sibling quality of lift (SibQol). The apparent invisibility of ASD emerged as an important theme. Results indicate that siblings of children with ASD can define their quality of lift, that unique characteristics of ASD give the siblings' experience a highly personal interpretation, and that the SibQol concept can be used to support siblings of children with ASD.
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PARENTS, PREDICTORS, EXPERIENCES, DISABILITY, BEHAVIORAL-ADJUSTMENT, PERCEPTIONS, INTERVENTION

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Moyson, Tinneke, and Herbert Roeyers. 2011. “The Quality of Life of Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Exceptional Children 78 (1): 41–55.
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Moyson, T., & Roeyers, H. (2011). The quality of life of siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN, 78(1), 41–55.
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Moyson T, Roeyers H. The quality of life of siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN. 2011;78(1):41–55.
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Moyson, Tinneke, and Herbert Roeyers. “The Quality of Life of Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN 78.1 (2011): 41–55. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study investigated how siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describe and define their quality of Using a qualitative research design, the authors collected data through a 4-stage process which included in-depth interviews of 17 children ages 6 to 14 and focus groups. All of the children with ASD were male and between the ages of 5 and 16 with mild to moderate impairments; all of the participating families lived in a Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Analyzing data according to the principles of grounded theory resulted in the identification of 9 domains of sibling quality of lift (SibQol). The apparent invisibility of ASD emerged as an important theme. Results indicate that siblings of children with ASD can define their quality of lift, that unique characteristics of ASD give the siblings' experience a highly personal interpretation, and that the SibQol concept can be used to support siblings of children with ASD.},
  author       = {Moyson, Tinneke and Roeyers, Herbert},
  issn         = {0014-4029},
  journal      = {EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN},
  keyword      = {PARENTS,PREDICTORS,EXPERIENCES,DISABILITY,BEHAVIORAL-ADJUSTMENT,PERCEPTIONS,INTERVENTION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {41--55},
  title        = {The quality of life of siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder},
  volume       = {78},
  year         = {2011},
}

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