A Randomized Waitlist-Control Group Study of a Culturally Tailored Parent Education Intervention for Latino Parents of Children with ASD
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This two-site randomized waitlist-control study (n = 96 mother–child dyads) examined the efficacy of a psychoeducation program as compared to usual care to empower Latina mothers and improve their confidence in and use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for their children with ASD. A secondary aim was to improve child outcomes. Compared to control group, we found significant positive changes in the treatment group in maternal confidence of and frequency in use of EBPs, child social communication and the number of EB services the child received. We found no significant differences for the treatment group in family empowerment or in child challenging behaviors. This RCT presents evidence of an efficacious intervention for Latino children with ASD and their mothers in California and Illinois.
KeywordsAutism Autism spectrum disorder Latinos Parent education RCT
This study was funded by grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # 90IF0072-01-00, and 90RT50320-01-00. However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. This study was also funded by the Illinois Autism Program (TAP).
SM & WM conceived of the study, developed the intervention content, participated in its design and coordination, and drafted the manuscript. KL participated in the design and coordination and contributed to the manuscript draft; KS participated in the coordination of the study and contributed to the manuscript draft; EL contributed to the intervention content, coordination of the study, and manuscript draft; MM & MGT conducted study analysis, and contributed to coordination of study and manuscript draft; WZ contributed to the manuscript draft and interpretation of results.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committees (name of universities withheld for peer review) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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