Teaching Parents Behavioral Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Effects on Stress, Strain, and Competence

Suzannah Iadarola, Lynne Levato, Bryan Harrison, Tristram Smith, Luc Lecavalier, Cynthia Johnson, Naomi Swiezy, Karen Bearss, Lawrence Scahill

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Abstract

We report on parent outcomes from a randomized clinical trial of parent training (PT) versus psychoeducation (PEP) in 180 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and disruptive behavior. We compare the impact of PT and PEP on parent outcomes: Parenting Stress Index (PSI), Parent Sense of Competence (PSOC), and Caregiver Strain Questionnaire (CGSQ). Mixed-effects linear models evaluated differences at weeks 12 and 24, controlling for baseline scores. Parents in PT reported greater improvement than PEP on the PSOC (ES = 0.34), CGSQ (ES = 0.50), and difficult child subdomain of the PSI (ES = 0.44). This is the largest trial assessing PT in ASD on parent outcomes. PT reduces disruptive behavior in children, and improves parental competence while reducing parental stress and parental strain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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StateAccepted/In press - Oct 7 2017

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Mental Competency
Teaching
Parents
Parenting
Caregivers
Linear Models
Randomized Controlled Trials
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Surveys and Questionnaires
Problem Behavior

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Parent training
  • Parental competence
  • Parental stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Teaching Parents Behavioral Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) : Effects on Stress, Strain, and Competence. / Iadarola, Suzannah; Levato, Lynne; Harrison, Bryan; Smith, Tristram; Lecavalier, Luc; Johnson, Cynthia; Swiezy, Naomi; Bearss, Karen; Scahill, Lawrence.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 07.10.2017, p. 1-10.

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Iadarola, Suzannah ; Levato, Lynne ; Harrison, Bryan ; Smith, Tristram ; Lecavalier, Luc ; Johnson, Cynthia ; Swiezy, Naomi ; Bearss, Karen ; Scahill, Lawrence. / Teaching Parents Behavioral Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) : Effects on Stress, Strain, and Competence. In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017 ; pp. 1-10.
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