Randomized controlled trial of a brief acceptance and commitment training for parents of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders
We examined the effect of a brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based intervention for eighteen parents of children with autism compared to a matched randomized control group. The treatment group demonstrated statistically significant improvements (p < 0.05) and large effect sizes on six of eight self-report measures following treatment, including the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II (p = 0.0318, d= 0.94), Beck Depression Inventory-II (p = 0.0239, d= −1.01), Cognitive Fusion Questionnaire-13 (p = 0.0485, d= 0.83), Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (p = 0.007, d= 1.29), Internalized Shame Scale (p = 0.0052, d= −1.37), Personal Values Questionnaire-II (p = 0.0159, d= 1.11), White Bear Suppression Inventory (p = 0.1732, d= 0.46), and Frieburg Mindfulness Inventory (p = 0.2506, d= 0.32). These results suggest that a brief ACT-based intervention may be efficacious in treating the psychological challenges of parents of children with autism.
ACT, Autism, Brief intervention, Parent intervention
Hahs, Adam D., Mark R. Dixon, and Dana Paliliunas. "Randomized controlled trial of a brief acceptance and commitment training for parents of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders." Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 12 (2019): 154-159.
Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science