The effectiveness of parent management training to increase self-efficacy in parents of children with Asperger syndrome

Autism. 2002 Sep;6(3):271-86. doi: 10.1177/1362361302006003005.


This study was a trial of an intervention programme aimed to improve parental self-efficacy in the management of problem behaviours associated with Asperger syndrome. The intervention was compared across two formats, a 1 day workshop and six individual sessions, and also with a non-intervention control group. The results indicated that, compared with the control group, parents in both intervention groups reported fewer problem behaviours and increased self-efficacy following the interventions, at both 4 weeks and 3 months follow-up. The results also showed a difference in self-efficacy between mothers and fathers, with mothers reporting a significantly greater increase in self-efficacy following intervention than fathers. There was no significant difference between the workshop format and the individual sessions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asperger Syndrome / psychology*
  • Child
  • Disabled Children
  • Fathers
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mothers
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parenting
  • Parents*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / methods*