Child and parent outcomes following parent interventions for child emotional and behavioral problems in autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis


There is growing interest in the development of behavioral parent interventions targeting emotional and behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorders. Such interventions have potential to improve a number of child and parental well-being outcomes beyond disruptive child behavior. This systematic review and meta-analysis assesses evidence for the efficacy of behavioral parent interventions for disruptive and hyperactive child behavior in autism spectrum disorders, as well as parenting efficacy and stress. A total of 11 articles from nine randomized controlled trials were included. Sufficient data were available to calculate standardized mean difference and show favorable effects of behavioral parent interventions on parent-reported measures of child disruptive behavior (standardized mean difference = 0.67), hyperactivity (standardized mean difference = 0.31) and parent stress (standardized mean difference = 0.37); effects on parent efficacy are less clear (standardized mean difference = 0.39, p = 0.17). There were insufficient data to explore intervention effects on internalizing behavior in autism spectrum disorders, parenting behaviors, or observational and teacher-reported outcomes, providing important avenues for future research. This review adds to growing evidence of the efficacy of behavioral parent interventions for child behavior and parental well-being in autism spectrum disorders (Prospero: CRD42016033979).

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
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Uncontrolled Keywords: IAMHealth,autism spectrum disorder,emotional and behavioral problems,parent efficacy,parent stress,parent training,Developmental and Educational Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1461-7005
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:28
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2019 10:23
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2019-10-01
Published Online Date: 2019-02-28
Accepted Date: 2019-01-17
Authors: Tarver, Joanne (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0555-6043)
Palmer, Melanie
Webb, Sophie
Scott, Stephen
Slonims, Vicky
Simonoff, Emily
Charman, Tony



Version: Accepted Version

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