Objectives: The purpose of this study was to (1) present the first use of the URICA in an ASD parent training sample, and (2) examine the relationship between motivation to change and several variables often cited in parent training literature as barriers to adherence. Based on findings in pediatric chronic illness literature, we predicted that motivation to change would be significantly correlated with information-seeking and behavioral knowledge. Likewise, we predicted that parents’ sense of competency and family life impairment would vary in predictable ways depending on parents’ stage of change classification. Since this is an exploratory study and the first to use the URICA, we also examined the association between motivation to change and satisfaction with parent training services.
Methods: Stage of change, information-seeking behavior, behavioral knowledge, parent sense of competency, and family life impairment were examined before and after parents' participation in a brief parent training program. Parents’ satisfaction with programming was also assessed after completion of parent training. Parents were enrolled in the parent training program as a gateway to accessing a broad range of clinical services. All program objectives were taught with the expectation that participating families will receive ongoing services at the clinic and that their individual therapist will continue to build on the skill set acquired through the program.
Results: Data collection is in progress.
Conclusions: Parents' adherence to parent training is a critical and understudied aspect of treatment for ASD. Findings from this study will add to this literature.
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