Sibling Relationships in Families with an Autistic Individual: Insights into their Lived Experiences

Siblings of autistic individuals are often overlooked in autism research. This study examined the lived experiences of 50 typically developing siblings of autistic individuals from India. Using a qualitative methodology, the study employed semi-structured, in-depth interviews to highlight the sibling experiences. Thematic analysis yielded four themes that describe the complex experiences shared by participant siblings, reflecting on their journey from childhood to present. Findings indicated participant siblings’ roles in the lives of their autistic siblings’ and the challenges faced while uncovering the complexities of their relationships which contributes to the scarce literature on sibling relationships in families with an autistic individual.