An Evaluation of the Stepping Stones Triple P Parenting Program and an Investigation of Parental Perceptions of Children Recently Diagnosed with Autism: A Focus Group and Pilot Study

Mr Jamal Lake (). An Evaluation of the Stepping Stones Triple P Parenting Program and an Investigation of Parental Perceptions of Children Recently Diagnosed with Autism: A Focus Group and Pilot Study Professional Doctorate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Mr Jamal Lake
Thesis Title An Evaluation of the Stepping Stones Triple P Parenting Program and an Investigation of Parental Perceptions of Children Recently Diagnosed with Autism: A Focus Group and Pilot Study
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Thesis type Professional Doctorate
Supervisor Dr. Kate Sofronoff
Dr. Jessica Brian
Dr. Matt Sanders
Total pages 124
Abstract/Summary Background: Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) is a new parenting intervention designed specifically for parents of children with disabilities to help them develop effective management strategies for dealing with childhood behaviour problems and developmental issues. It has recently been trialled specifically with parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from an Australian population and has been found to have positive effects for parent and child. Present study: is a two-part study: Study I included 13 families of children with ASD between the ages of 2-8 years old from Toronto, Canada. This study was run as a series of focus groups aimed to investigate parental perceptions and experiences of having a child diagnosed with ASD, the diagnostic process within the Canadian health system, as well as, parental adjustment to having a child diagnosed with ASD. Study II was conducted after the focus groups and included 20 families of children with ASD in the same age range. The aims of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of SSTP parenting program with parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from a Canadian population. This was a pilot study as SSTP had yet to be evaluated with the Canadian, ASD population. Assessment included parents’ completing questionnaires at pre-intervention, post-intervention and again at 3 months follow-up regarding child behaviour, parenting confidence and competence, and parenting stress and adjustment caring for their child with ASD. Results: Specific to study I, it was found a majority of parents’ reported negative perceptions and experiences with the diagnostic process in the Canadian health system. In both Study I and II, prior to delivery of SSTP, parents’ reported elevated levels of behavioural, social and/or communication difficulties with their child, moderate levels of distress, self confidence and competence in their parenting role, and mixed positive and negative perceptions of the impact their child had on the family. In Study II post-intervention, a significant decrease in child behaviour problems, parenting stress and dysfunctional parenting styles were reported, along with an increase in parental self-confidence and competence, and perceived positive impact of their child on the family. These results were maintained at 3 months follow-up. Overall, parents’ response to the SSTP program was positive in terms of acceptability, usability, and behavioural intention.
Keyword Stepping Stones Triple P
Parental perception
Behavioural Family Intervention
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
evaluation
Additional Notes pages 46, 61,91 should be printed in landscape

 
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