Parent management training and Asperger syndrome: a randomized controlled trial to evaluate a parent based intervention

Autism. 2004 Sep;8(3):301-17. doi: 10.1177/1362361304045215.


This controlled trial of a parent management intervention aimed to increase parental competence in management of problem behaviours associated with Asperger syndrome. The intervention compared two formats, a 1 day workshop and six individual sessions. Measures were taken on three occasions: pre-intervention, at 4 weeks, and at 3 month follow-up. Variables of interest were number and intensity of problem behaviours, and parent evaluation of social interaction skills. Results showed parents reporting fewer and lower intensity of problem behaviours and increased social interactions at 4 weeks and 3 months. Results held across formats and suggest that parent management training can provide an effective intervention for parents of a child with Asperger syndrome. Group differences on outcome measures and in the use of strategies are discussed along with limitations of the study.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asperger Syndrome / psychology*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / etiology*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parents / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires