November 8, 2013

Survey requests participation of siblings of those with autism or intellectual disabilities

Vanderbilt researchers are inviting siblings (ages 18-30) across the state to participate in a short survey focused on the social connections and strengths of their brothers/sisters with intellectual disabilities or autism.

The goal is to learn more about these special sibling relationships and expand what we know about the strengths of young people with developmental disabilities.

If you choose to participate, you can complete the online survey at a time and location most convenient to you. It should take less than 20 minutes to complete.

Researchers will randomly select 20 siblings to receive a $25 gift card from among the completed surveys.

The survey asks about:

  • Background information about you and your brother/sister
  • Activities you and your brother/sister do together
  • Your views about your brother¹s/sister's strengths
  • Your expectations for your brother¹s/sister's future plans
  • You can skip any questions you prefer not to answer. You can also change your mind about participating after reading the survey.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Carlton at (615) 343-1438 or

The principal investigator for the study is Erik Carter, Ph.D.