Parenting strategies used by caregivers of children with ASD: Differential links with child problem behaviour

O'Nions, Elizabeth, Ceulemans, Eva, Happé, Francesca, Benson, Paul, Evers, Kris and Noens, Ilse (2019) Parenting strategies used by caregivers of children with ASD: Differential links with child problem behaviour. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50 . pp. 386-401. ISSN 0162-3257 (Print) 1573-3432 (Online) Full text available

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Abstract

Here, we explored the structure of the ‘Parenting Strategies Questionnaire’, a new scale designed to measure parenting strategies for problem behaviour in ASD. We then examined links between child behaviour and parenting in a sample of 222 predominantly-UK parents of ASD children exhibiting behaviour found difficult or challenging. Analysis revealed three parenting subscales: Accommodation, Reinforcement Approaches and Reducing Uncertainty. Both Accommodation and Reducing Uncertainty were linked to child problem behaviour. Child factors explained up to 29% of the variance in Accommodation, with Socially Inflexible Non-compliance the strongest predictor, and up to 24% of the variance in Reducing Uncertainty, with Intolerance of Uncertainty the strongest predictor. Child factors were not related to Reinforcement Approaches. Longitudinal studies investigating these relationships are needed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published: 01 November 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: ASD, Parenting, Accommodation, Problem Behaviour, Reactivity, Intolerance of Uncertainty, Extreme Demand Avoidance, Research & Development Unit
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Department/People: Research
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URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2155

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