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Siblings' Influence on the Development of Individuals with Down Syndrome


Cuskelly, M, Siblings' Influence on the Development of Individuals with Down Syndrome, The Oxford Handbook of Down Syndrome and Development, Oxford University Press, JA Burack, JO Edgin, L Abbeduto and J Busciglio (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-43. ISBN 9780190645441 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190645441.013.7


This chapter discusses the influences that siblings may have on developmental outcomes of children with Down syndrome including those related to cognition, language, self-regulation, social-emotional functioning, and identity formation. As there is very little research available that addresses sibling influences on individuals with Down syndrome, the literature related to sibling influence within sibships comprising typically developing children has been used to provide a starting point to the discussion. The influential roles of siblings may include teacher; model and social referent; friend and foe; contrast; and advocate, protector, and caregiver. The quality of the sibling relationship may also influence developmental outcomes. The few investigations that have been conducted suggest that siblings make an important contribution to developmental outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome. In conclusion, directions for future research are discussed.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Down syndrome, siblings, brothers, sisters, family, sibship, development
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Child and adolescent development
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ability and disability
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:139985
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-07-21
Last Modified:2022-09-05
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