Master of Arts
The developmental delays associated with Down syndrome (DS) have been shown to affect the well-being of all family members. Research has shown that typically developing (TD) siblings experience increased maladjustment such as internalizing difficulties, behavioural problems and increased stress, however there has been limited research focusing on interventions for this population. Two sibling dyads participated in this pilot study examining the effects of a social support group for TD siblings overall adjustment. Although the was a lack of strong empirical evidence supporting the intervention, five qualitative themes emerged outlining their coping, emotions, experiences and sibling relationships. This research can help inform future researchers and practitioners to develop appropriate supports and interventions for this population of children and youth.
Amicarelli, Ashley R., "Community Based Support Group for Siblings of Children with Down Syndrome: A Pilot Study" (2019). Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 6098.