Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 1769–1779 | Cite as

Comparative Effects of Mindfulness and Support and Information Group Interventions for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Yona Lunsky
  • Richard P. Hastings
  • Jonathan A. Weiss
  • Anna M. Palucka
  • Sue Hutton
  • Karen White
Original Paper

Abstract

This study evaluated two community based interventions for parents of adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Parents in the mindfulness group reported significant reductions in psychological distress, while parents in the support and information group did not. Reduced levels of distress in the mindfulness group were maintained at 20 weeks follow-up. Mindfulness scores and mindful parenting scores and related constructs (e.g., self-compassion) did not differ between the two groups. Results suggest the psychological components of the mindfulness based group intervention were effective over and above the non-specific effects of group processes and informal support.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Developmental disabilities Mindfulness Intervention Parents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yona Lunsky
    • 1
  • Richard P. Hastings
    • 2
  • Jonathan A. Weiss
    • 3
  • Anna M. Palucka
    • 1
  • Sue Hutton
    • 4
  • Karen White
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and ResearchUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Community Living TorontoTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Developmental Services Ontario – Toronto RegionTorontoCanada

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