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ERIC Number: EJ1228783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Mindfulness for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Caregivers: A Meta-Analysis
Hartley, Matthew; Dorstyn, Diana; Due, Clemence
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v49 n10 p4306-4319 Oct 2019
Mindfulness-based therapies are rising in popularity. However, evidence for their effectiveness in reducing psychological distress and enhancing wellbeing for families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited. A systematic search identified 10 independent studies, involving a pooled sample of 233 children and adults with ASD and 241 caregivers. Hedges' g effect sizes with associated 95% confidence intervals, in addition to heterogeneity, were calculated using a random-effects model. Caregivers, children and adults who received mindfulness all reported significant gains in subjective wellbeing immediately post-intervention. Available data indicated intervention effects were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Mindfulness presents a promising intervention strategy in ASD populations, however more controlled research is required to determine its precise efficacy for affected families and subgroups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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