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Comparative Effects of Mindfulness and Support and Information Group Interventions for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities

Comparative Effects of Mindfulness and Support and Information Group Interventions for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities

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Title: Comparative Effects of Mindfulness and Support and Information Group Interventions for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities
Author: Lunsky, Yona
Hastings, Richard P.
Weiss, Jonathan A.
Palucka, Anna M.
Hutton, Sue
White, Karen
Abstract: This study evaluated two community based interventions for parents of adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Parents in the mindfulness group reported significant reductions in psychological distress, while parents in the support and information group did not. Reduced levels of distress in the mindfulness group were maintained at 20 weeks follow-up. Mindfulness scores and mindful parenting scores and related constructs (e.g., self-compassion) did not differ between the two groups. Results suggest the psychological components of the mindfulness based group intervention were effective over and above the non-specific effects of group processes and informal support.
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services Developmental Services Research Grant (Grant Number 1314-12)
Subject: autism spectrum disorder
neurodevelopmental disabilities
mindfulness
intervention
parents
Type: Article
Rights: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3099-z. CC0 1.0 Universal
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-017-3099-z
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
URI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3099-z
http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33011
Published: Springer US
Citation: Lunsky, Y., Hastings, R., Weiss, J. A., Palucka, A., Hutton, S., & White, K. (2017). Comparative effects of mindfulness and support and information group interventions for parents of adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3099-z
ISSN: 1573-3432 ; 0162-3257
Date: 2017-04-03

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