Birth Order and Anxiety Levels in Young Adults with Siblings with Special Needs

Reagan McGee

Abstract


Current research shows that neurotypical children who have siblings with a physical or mental disability report higher levels of anxiety (Orsmond & Seltzer, 2009). However, little research has been done to explore this occurrence in adults. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether or not having a sibling with a physical or mental disability increased anxiety levels of the adult neurotypical sibling and if gender or birth order played a role in this relationship. The results revealed correlations of marginal significance that indicated that females report higher levels of anxiety than males. However, there were no significant correlations supporting the initial hypothesis. The implications of these results will be discussed in the following manuscript.


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