A Virtual Resiliency Intervention for Parents of Children with Autism: A Randomized Pilot Trial

Karen A. Kuhlthau, Christina M. Luberto, Lara Traeger, Rachel A. Millstein, Giselle K. Perez, Olivia J. Lindly, Emma Chad-Friedman, Jacqueline Proszynski, Elyse R. Park

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Abstract

Parents of children with Autism experience high levels of stress. Resiliency is the ability to cope and adapt when faced with stressful events. This randomized, waitlist controlled pilot trial examines the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an adapted virtual mind–body group intervention for parents of children with ASD. The intervention was feasible and acceptable. The immediate treatment group showed no difference in distress and greater improvement in resiliency and stress reactivity/coping relative to the delayed treatment group, (M difference 5.78; p =.038 and M difference 7.78; p =.001 respectively). Findings showed promising feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy for parents of children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2513-2526
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Mind body
  • Parent
  • Resiliency
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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