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Gepubliceerd in: Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 9/2022

20-04-2022

Secret Agent Society: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Transdiagnostic Youth Social Skills Group Treatment

Auteurs: Andrea B. Temkin, Renae Beaumont, Katarzyna Wkya, Jo R. Hariton, Barabra L. Flye, Elisabeth Sheridan, Amy Miranda, Jamie Vela, Elaina Zendegui, Jennifer Schild, Shannon Gasparro, Daphne Loubriel, Andreas Damianides, Julia Weisman, Alexandra Silvestre, Mina Yadegar, Corinne Catarozoli, Shannon M. Bennett

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Abstract

Group programs are key for targeting social skills (SS) for children with developmental disorders and/or mental illness. Despite promising evidence regarding efficacy of group treatments, there are several limitations to current research regarding generalizability and effectiveness across diagnoses. This randomized control trial assessed whether the Secret Agent Society (SAS) group program was superior to treatment as usual (TAU) in improving social-emotional functioning for children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and/or anxiety. Eighty-nine youth (8–12) with ADHD, ASD, and/or an anxiety disorder receiving treatment at hospital-based outpatient clinics were randomized to receive SAS (n = 47) or TAU (n = 42) over a three-month period, at which point TAU participants were offered the SAS intervention. Parent report showed significant improvement in Emotion Regulation (ER) and Social Skills (SS) for youth in SAS vs. TAU (Fs ≥ 6.79, ps ≤ 01). Gains for the SAS condition were maintained at 6-months. Intent-to-treat analysis of teacher report indicated youth in SAS had positive gains in SS (F = 0.41, p = 0.475) and ER (F = 0.99, p = 0.322), though not significantly better than youth in TAU. Clinically reliable improvement rates were significantly higher for SAS participants than TAU for parent and teacher reported SS and ER. Improvements were significant for youth with single and comorbid diagnoses. Results suggest that SAS was superior to TAU in improving SS and ER for youth aged 8–12 with ADHD, ASD, and/or anxiety. Gains maintained in the medium-term. Trial registration number NCT02574273, registered 10/12/2015.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Secret Agent Society: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Transdiagnostic Youth Social Skills Group Treatment
Auteurs
Andrea B. Temkin
Renae Beaumont
Katarzyna Wkya
Jo R. Hariton
Barabra L. Flye
Elisabeth Sheridan
Amy Miranda
Jamie Vela
Elaina Zendegui
Jennifer Schild
Shannon Gasparro
Daphne Loubriel
Andreas Damianides
Julia Weisman
Alexandra Silvestre
Mina Yadegar
Corinne Catarozoli
Shannon M. Bennett
Publicatiedatum
20-04-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology / Uitgave 9/2022
Print ISSN: 2730-7166
Elektronisch ISSN: 2730-7174
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-022-00919-z

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