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Brief Report: Preliminary Outcomes of a Peer Counselling Program for Parents of Children with Autism in the South Asian Community

Auteurs: Ann S. Mills, Kiruthiha Vimalakanthan, Shivajan Sivapalan, Neshanth Shanmugalingam, Jonathan A. Weiss

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 1/2021

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Abstract

Peer volunteers have been found to be effective in delivering psychosocial interventions when they come from the same culture and share similar experiences as participants. We examined the clinical utility (feasibility and preliminary effectiveness) of a community-based, manualized, peer-delivered group counselling program to address the need for culturally responsive counselling for parents of children with autism in the South Asian community. Sixty-three parents (Mage = 43.7 years, 68% mothers) participated in the program, and reported high stable program satisfaction across sessions. Further, parents reported improved mental health and quality of life following involvement in the program, with changes noted even after the first session. Further research is warranted to assess the efficacy of this kind of parent support intervention.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Brief Report: Preliminary Outcomes of a Peer Counselling Program for Parents of Children with Autism in the South Asian Community
Auteurs
Ann S. Mills
Kiruthiha Vimalakanthan
Shivajan Sivapalan
Neshanth Shanmugalingam
Jonathan A. Weiss
Publicatiedatum
17-05-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 1/2021
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04538-9

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