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Effectiveness of the Stepping Stones Triple P Group Parenting Program as an Additional Intervention in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effects on Parenting Variables

Authors
  • Schrott, Bastian1
  • Kasperzack, Daria1
  • Weber, Linda1
  • Becker, Katja1, 2
  • Burghardt, Roland3
  • Kamp-Becker, Inge1, 2
  • 1 Philipps-University Marburg, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatic and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Marburg (UKGM), Hans-Sachs-Str. 6, Marburg, 35039, Germany , Marburg (Germany)
  • 2 Philipps-University Marburg, Marburg Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior (MCMBB), Marburg, 35043, Germany , Marburg (Germany)
  • 3 Clinic Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic, Frankfurt (Oder), 15236, Germany , Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Oct 26, 2018
Volume
49
Issue
3
Pages
913–923
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3764-x
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often are faced with the challenges of difficult parenting situations. We explored the effectiveness of the Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) group parent training as an additional intervention in the treatment of ASD. Parents (n = 23) went through a waiting period and participated afterwards in the training program. We assessed parenting variables via self-report measures. After the intervention, there was a significant reduction of over-reactive parenting behaviors, role restriction and an increase in parental self-efficacy. At follow-up, the effects remained stable and we additionally found a reduction of laxness and less parenting stress. Effect sizes were high (η2: 0.18–0.24). The SSTP, offered as an additional intervention in the treatment of ASD, proved to be effective in enhancing parenting.

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