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All in the Family: A Systematic Review of the Effect of Caregiver-Administered Autism Spectrum Disorder Interventions on Family Functioning and Relationships

Abstract

A number of intervention models aimed at addressing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)-related behaviors require caregivers to perform intensive and oftentimes extended protocols (Bearss et al. in Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 18(2):170–182, 2015). Though a number of research findings describe how characteristics of the child with ASD affect the mental health and stress experienced by caregivers and family members (Davis and Carter in J Autism Dev Disord 38(7):1278–1291, 2008; Tomanik et al. in J Intellect Dev Disabil 29(1):16–26, 2004), few studies investigate effects on overall family functioning and relationships among other family members. This review aimed to examine caregiver-delivered interventions as they relate to ASD, the impact of these caregiver-administered interventions on the family unit and family relationships, and potential future targets of treatments and treatment structures that include family members. The results of the review illustrate the nature of caregiver-administered interventions, which largely benefit family functioning and relationships.

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  1. Of note, a second set of search terms that examined sibling-administered interventions were also included in the initial search and in the selection of articles chosen for further analysis; however, after coding for the inclusion criteria, there were no sibling articles included in the final sample.

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Factor, R.S., Ollendick, T.H., Cooper, L.D. et al. All in the Family: A Systematic Review of the Effect of Caregiver-Administered Autism Spectrum Disorder Interventions on Family Functioning and Relationships. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 22, 433–457 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-019-00297-x

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  • Caregivers
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Interventions
  • Family
  • Relationships