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Group Virtual Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Parents of Autistic Adolescents and Adults

Authors
  • Lunsky, Y.1, 2
  • Albaum, C.3
  • Baskin, A.1
  • Hastings, R. P.4, 5
  • Hutton, S.1
  • Steel, L.1
  • Wang, W.6
  • Weiss, J.3
  • 1 Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,
  • 2 University of Toronto,
  • 3 York University,
  • 4 University of Warwick,
  • 5 Monash University,
  • 6 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 09, 2021
Pages
1–11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04835-3
PMID: 33420938
PMCID: PMC7796683
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Mindfulness-based approaches have been shown to be effective in improving the mental health of parents of youth and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, but prior work suggests that geography and caregiving demands can make in-person attendance challenging. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary outcomes of a mindfulness-based group intervention delivered to parents virtually. It was feasible to deliver this manualized intervention. Twenty-one of 39 parents completed the intervention and completers reported high satisfaction ratings. Parents reported reduced levels of distress, maintained at 3-month follow-up, and increased mindfulness. Changes reported following intervention were similar to changes reported in a prior study of parents competing an in person mindfulness group.

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