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Parent education and home-based behaviour analytic intervention: an examination of parents' perceptions of outcome

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Dillenburger, K, Keenan, Mickey, Gallagher, Stephen and McElhinney, M (2004) Parent education and home-based behaviour analytic intervention: an examination of parents' perceptions of outcome. JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, 29 (2). pp. 119-130. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/13668250410001709476

Abstract

There is convincing evidence that applied behaviour analysis (ABA) offers a highly effective form of intervention for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). There is less evidence, however, about how parents perceive and evaluate ABA programmes. In this paper an examination of parents' perceptions of outcome is reported Twenty-two questionnaires were completed by two groups of parents. The first group had just completed an introductory course in ABA and were in the early stages of implementing ABA programmes with their children. The second group had been involved in ABA education for more than 2 years. Overall, both groups of parents reported a positive impact of ABA on the lives of their children, their family life, and themselves. The long-term group reported that they had achieved complex goals with their children, whilst the short-term group reported an immediate positive impact on child and family functioning and parental self-esteem. Conclusions are drawn in the context of evidence-based practice.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Behavioural Neuroscience & Behavioural Analysis
ID Code:1537
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:13
Last Modified:13 Mar 2012 16:33

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