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Strengths and Social Connections of Siblings with and without Developmental Disabilities

We 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.

Our 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 our online survey at a time and location most convenient to you. It should take you less than 20 minutes to complete.

A full description of the study and a link to the survey can found here.

We 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 brother’s/sister’s strengths
  • Your expectations for your brother’s/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.

Compensation:  Enter a drawing to win 1 of 20 $25 gift certificates.

Visit Requirements:  None, an online survey

Contact Information:  Mary Beth Carlton (615) 343-1438 or via email at

Principal Investigator: Erik Carter, Ph.D.
Other researchers: Mary Beth Carlton
Lynnette Henderson, PhD
IDDRC Research Recruitment Coordinator
UCEDD Associate Director of Community Services

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
235 One Magnolia Circle
PMB 40
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 936-0448
Fax: 615-322-8236

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