Ways adults who grew up with a sibling with an autoimmune disease view and manage their own health

Certain autoimmune diseases are present early in life. They affect the normal functioning of the body and result in the autoimmune system to attacks the body's own tissues. 

These diseases can affect certain children in a family, but not others. Yet, growing up with a brother or sister with such diseases can impact on their siblings' own health behaviour.

This aim of this study is to explore the ways healthy siblings may view and manage their own health. This topic  is understudied, and so we are interested in hearing from adults who grew up in a family where one sibling had an autoimmune disease. 

To take part in this study, you need to:

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Have one sibling with an autoimmune disease

  • Not be affected with the same autoimmune disease as your sibling.

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to select responses from pre-established choices, and also write up your own responses.

Participation is anonymous and should take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.


To take part, click here

You can even email the principal investigator Lauren Purdy (lp00141@surrey.ac.uk)

Thank you for your interest in this study.