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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 8/2018

15-03-2018 | Original Paper

ACT Processes in Group Intervention for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Auteurs: Kenneth Fung, Johanna Lake, Lee Steel, Kelly Bryce, Yona Lunsky

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 8/2018

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Abstract

Few studies have examined interventions or therapeutic processes that may help parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) manage their stress. This study examines the impact of a brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group intervention, led by parents, among a cohort of 33 mothers of children with ASD. Changes in ACT process measures (psychological flexibility, cognitive fusion, values) were evaluated at pre, post, and 3 months following the intervention. Mothers reported significant improvement post-intervention in psychological flexibility, cognitive fusion, and value-consistent activities in multiple life domains, including parenting, relationships, and self-care. These improvements were maintained at follow-up. The results provide preliminary evidence that improvements observed in depression and stress may be mediated by cognitive fusion and action-values consistency.
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Metagegevens
Titel
ACT Processes in Group Intervention for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Auteurs
Kenneth Fung
Johanna Lake
Lee Steel
Kelly Bryce
Yona Lunsky
Publicatiedatum
15-03-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 8/2018
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3525-x

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