Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluation of family functioning following parent participation in recreational intervention for children with autism
by Gonzalez, Martha Citlaly, Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2014, 147; 3662134
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to better understand the parenting experience Latino parents of children with autism before and after participating in an 8-week family recreational pilot intervention program which was facilitated by behavior therapists and framed using Nintendo's Wii gaming console. Archival data from this pilot program was utilized to assess the impact of the intervention. The sample consisted of eleven parents with a child between the ages of five and nine who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and at least one neurotypical sibling. Families were all enrolled from a greater sample of a university based developmental clinic and its associated family support group. Parental perception of family impairment, parental sense competence, and maladaptive behaviors were measured at pre and post intervention using the Family Life Impairment Scale, The Parental Sense of Competence Scale, and the Vineland-II Adaptive Behavior Scales Spanish/English Caregiver report Version II. Following participation in the program, parents reported significant increases in parental competency but no statistically significant differences were found in family impairment. No correlations were found between maladaptive behaviors and measures of family functioning. A comparison between families where one parent participated and those where two participated found that when two parents participated, families experienced higher levels of impairment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cox, Cristina
School: Adler School of Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Autism, Efficacy, Family, Latino, Parenting, Video games
Publication Number: 3662134
ISBN: 978-1-321-50191-9
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