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Has this person ever been diagnosed with or received treatment for depression?

Questionnaire: Sibling without ASD Questionnaire
Date Last Updated: 4/27/09
Graph Current as of: 4/27/09

Why Is This Important?

Sibling mental health is important in ASD families for several reasons.  For one thing, mental health status indicates how siblings are faring as they cope with the stresses of having a brother or sister with an ASD.  In addition, researchers are interested in genetic factors: Do depression and ASDs run together in some families?  Or is it the stress of having a brother or sister with an ASD that contributes to depression in siblings?

Data from IAN Research:

Pie chart showing the percentage of unaffected siblings who have been diagnosed with or treated for depression.

This chart shows that 4% of all siblings taking part in IAN Research, at some time in their lives, have been diagnosed with or treated for depression.

Pie chart showing the percentage of unaffected siblings aged 10 to 18 who have been diagnosed with or treated for depression.

This chart shows that 10% of siblings aged 10 to 18 taking part in IAN Research, at some time in their lives, have been diagnosed with or treated for depression.  (It is important to consider older children especially, since they are more likely to have experienced various issues than younger children.)

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