The Impact of Parent-Delivered Intervention on Parents of Very Young Children With Autism

J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Feb;44(2):353-65. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1874-z.

Abstract

This study investigated the impact of a parent-coaching intervention based on the Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) on parenting-related stress and sense of competence. This was part of a multisite, randomized trial comparing P-ESDM (n = 49) with community intervention (n = 49) for children aged 12 and 24 months. The P-ESDM group reported no increase in parenting stress, whereas the Community group experienced an increase over the same 3-month period. Parental sense of competence did not differ. Number of negative life events was a significant predictor of parenting stress and sense of competence across both groups. This suggests that a parent-coaching intervention may help maintain parental adjustment directly after a child is diagnosed with ASD.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Intervention, Educational / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Parenting*
  • Parents / psychology