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Parent and family outcomes of PEERS: a social skills intervention for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. J Autism Dev Disord 2015 Mar;45(3):752-65

Date

09/07/2014

Pubmed ID

25193142

DOI

10.1007/s10803-014-2231-6

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84923677480   27 Citations

Abstract

Raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with increased family chaos and parent distress. Successful long-term treatment outcomes are dependent on healthy systemic functioning, but the family impact of treatment is rarely evaluated. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a social skills intervention designed for adolescents with high-functioning ASD. This study assessed the impact of PEERS on family chaos, parenting stress, and parenting self-efficacy via a randomized, controlled trial. Results suggested beneficial effects for the experimental group in the domain of family chaos compared to the waitlist control, while parents in the PEERS experimental group also demonstrated increased parenting self-efficacy. These findings highlight adjunctive family system benefits of PEERS intervention and suggest the need for overall better understanding of parent and family outcomes of ASD interventions.

Author List

Karst JS, Van Hecke AV, Carson AM, Stevens S, Schohl K, Dolan B

Authors

Jeffrey S. Karst PhD Assistant Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Amy Van Hecke PhD Assistant Professor in the Psychology department at Marquette University




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Adult
Child
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Female
Humans
Male
Parenting
Parents
Self Efficacy
Social Skills