Predictors and moderators of parent training efficacy in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorders and serious behavioral problems

Cristan Farmer, Luc Lecavalier, Sunkyung Yu, L. Eugene Arnold, Christopher J. McDougle, Lawrence Scahill, Benjamin Handen, Cynthia R. Johnson, Kimberly A. Stigler, Karen Bearss, Naomi B. Swiezy, Michael G. Aman

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Abstract

The Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology - Autism Network reported additional benefit when adding parent training (PT) to antipsychotic medication in children with autism spectrum disorders and serious behavior problems. The intent-to-treat analyses were rerun with putative predictors and moderators. The Home Situations Questionnaire (HSQ) and the Hyperactivity/ Noncompliance subscale of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist were used as outcome measures. Candidate predictors and moderators included 21 demographics and baseline measures of behavior. Higher baseline HSQ scores predicted greater improvement on the HSQ regardless of treatment assignment, but no other predictors of outcome were observed. None of the variables measured in this study moderated response to PT. Antipsychotic medication plus PT appears to be equally effective for children with a wide range of demographic and behavioral characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1044
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • Moderator
  • Parent training
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Predictor
  • Risperidone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Farmer, C., Lecavalier, L., Yu, S., Arnold, L. E., McDougle, C. J., Scahill, L., Handen, B., Johnson, C. R., Stigler, K. A., Bearss, K., Swiezy, N. B., & Aman, M. G. (2012). Predictors and moderators of parent training efficacy in a sample of children with autism spectrum disorders and serious behavioral problems. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(6), 1037-1044. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1338-2