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LOURETO, Gleidson Diego Lopes  and  MORENO, Soraya Ivon Ramirez. Fraternal relations in autistic context: a descriptive study. Rev. psicopedag. [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.102, pp.307-318. ISSN 0103-8486.

Most studies related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the sphere of family relations are focused on maternal figure. In this context, researches about the fraternal relations are scarce. Therefore, this qualitative descriptive study aimed to describe the social interactions between subjects with typical development (TD) and their siblings with ASD. Thus, two pairs of siblings participated in this study. To collect data, instruments included the Family Information Questionnaire, Information Questionnaire about sibling with ASD and semi-structured interviews. The results indicated that the interactions are constituted by ambiguous feelings, altruism, maturity, conflicts due to the syndrome characteristics, companionship, few responsibilities toward the sibling with ASD and family support. In summary, the relation between siblings was facilitated through common friendships, guidance of the mothers directed to the subjects with TD, relative autonomy of the sibling with ASD and network of family and specialized support. The elements that difficult these interactions are related to autism classic characteristics and lack of time by the parents. In conclusion, the particularities of each family determinate the social interactions between the subjects with TD and the siblings with ASD.

Keywords : Autistic disorder; Family relations; Sibling relations.

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