ERIC Number: EJ1166039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Transitioning Together: A Multi-Family Group Psychoeducation Program for Adolescents with ASD and Their Parents
DaWalt, Leann Smith; Greenberg, Jan S.; Mailick, Marsha R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n1 p251-263 Jan 2018
Currently there are few evidence-based programs available for families of individuals with ASD during the transition to adulthood. The present study provided a preliminary evaluation of a multi-family group psychoeducation intervention using a randomized waitlist control design (n = 41). Families in the intervention condition participated in "Transitioning Together," an 8-week program designed to reduce family distress and improve social functioning for adolescents. Findings indicated significant improvements in parental depressive symptoms and problem solving from pre- to post-intervention for parents in the intervention condition but not for parents in the control condition. Social interactions also improved for youth in the intervention condition relative to controls. Parents reported satisfaction with the program and particularly valued the opportunity to interact with other families.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adolescents, Evidence Based Practice, Psychoeducational Methods, Family Counseling, Group Counseling, Intervention, Program Evaluation, Stress Management, Improvement, Outcomes of Treatment, Parents, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Problem Solving, Control Groups, Interpersonal Competence, Satisfaction, Parent Attitudes, Transitional Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging (DHHS/NIH); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R01AG08768; U54HD090256; U21RR025011