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

O'Nions, Elizabeth and Ceulemans, Eva and Happé, Francesca and Benson, Paul and 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
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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