ERIC Number: EJ868346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Adherence to Behavioral and Medical Treatment Recommendations by Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Moore, Timothy R.; Symons, Frank J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n8 p1173-1184 Aug 2009
The extent to which parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities are adherent to prescribed treatments has not been investigated. In this treatment adherence study, parents (n = 220) of children with autism spectrum disorders were surveyed regarding implementation of recommended treatments to manage problem behavior of their children living at home. Overall adherence to medical treatment recommendations was significantly greater than adherence to behavioral treatment recommendations (p less than 0.002). Of the behavioral treatment recommendations, parents reported greater adherence to reinforcement (81.7%) than punishment (68.9%). Child diagnosis (p less than 0.002) and the diagnosis x marital status interaction (p less than 0.05) were significantly associated with reported adherence to behavioral and medical treatment, respectively. Results are discussed in light of the need to address adherence enhancement and measurement methods.
Descriptors: Medical Services, Marital Status, Developmental Disabilities, Parents, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Compliance (Psychology), Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Surveys, Reinforcement, Punishment, Clinical Diagnosis, Interaction
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