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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 7/2013

01-07-2013 | Original Paper

Logging On: Evaluating an Online Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Auteurs: Tessen Clifford, Patricia Minnes

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 7/2013

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Abstract

Twenty mothers participated in an online support group for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Twenty-five unrelated parents participated in a no-treatment control group. The participants completed online questionnaires prior to and following the 4-month support group, to evaluate changes in mood, anxiety, parenting stress, and positive perceptions. No significant differences between the groups or across time were found. However, parents who participated in the group reported being satisfied with the support they received and finding the group helpful. Issues related to participant recruitment and retention are discussed. Further research is required to investigate the efficacy of online support groups for parents of children with ASD.
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Listservs allow participants to share information by sending messages to the email addresses of subscribers.
 
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These categories were not mutually exclusive; some parents indicated that their child had both Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Logging On: Evaluating an Online Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Auteurs
Tessen Clifford
Patricia Minnes
Publicatiedatum
01-07-2013
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 7/2013
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-012-1714-6