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Riding the Rapids: Living with autism or disability - An evaluation of a parenting support intervention for parents of disabled children

Stuttard, Lucy, Beresford, Bryony, Clarke, Susan, Beecham, Jennifer, Todd, Samantha, Bromley, Jo (2014) Riding the Rapids: Living with autism or disability - An evaluation of a parenting support intervention for parents of disabled children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 (10). pp. 2371-2383. ISSN 0891-4222. (doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.05.021)

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Abstract

Evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to support parents of disabled children to manage their child's behaviour problems is limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate a group-delivered intervention (Riding the Rapids) which was specifically developed for parents of a child with a disability or autistic spectrum condition. This programme has been routinely delivered by a community-based mental health team across an urban, multi-ethnic locality for a number of years. A non-randomised controlled study design comprising an intervention group (n = 48) and comparator (no intervention) group (n = 28) was used to evaluate the effects of the intervention on child behaviour (Eyberg Child Behaviour Inventory; parent-set goals) and parenting efficacy and satisfaction (Parents Sense of Competence Scale) at post-intervention and six-month follow-up. Data on costs to the service provider of delivering the intervention were also collected. Receipt of the intervention was associated with significant reductions in parent-reported behaviour problems and significant improvements in parenting efficacy and satisfaction. At six-month follow-up, progress towards achieving parent-set child behaviour goals and parenting satisfaction had been maintained. Post hoc analysis suggests parents who do not have English as a first language may not benefit as much as other parents from this intervention. Findings suggest this is a promising intervention for parents of a child with a disability that is likely to be less resource intensive to service providers than individually delivered interventions. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.05.021
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Disability, Behaviour problems, Parent-training programme, Early intervention, Prevention
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 09:14 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2020 10:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41637 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Beecham, Jennifer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5147-3383
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