Impact of Pivotal Response Training Group Therapy on Stress and Empowerment in Parents of Children With Autism

Mendy Boettcher Minjarez, Emma M. Mercier, Sharon E. Williams, Antonio Y. Hardan

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Abstract

Parents of children with autism are increasingly being considered as primary agents of intervention for their children. The goal of this study was to evaluate whether participating in a pivotal response training (PRT) group therapy program for parents of children with autism influenced related aspects of parents' lives, namely, their levels of stress and empowerment. Seventeen families participated in a 10-week therapy group designed to train parents to use PRT, with a specific focus on their children's language deficits. Measures of empowerment and stress were obtained at baseline and at the end of the trial. Ratings on the Parenting Stress Index/Short Form and the Family Empowerment Scale showed significant changes from pre- to posttreatment, indicating that parents felt higher levels of empowerment and lower levels of stress after the 10-week group program. Notably, stress related to parent-child interactions was most reduced. Possible causal factors and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • applied behavior analysis
  • autism
  • parent education
  • parent training
  • pivotal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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