Evaluation of a Support Group for Fathers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Miriam Elfert University of British Columbia
  • Pat Mirenda University of British Columbia
Keywords: autism spectrum disorder, fathers, support group

Abstract

This study evaluated the impact of a support group designed for fathers of children with autism. Two groups of 6 fathers each attended 8 weekly sessions that focused on various topics related to parenting a child with autism. Pre- and post-intervention, participants completed measures of depression, marital adjustment, parenting stress, optimism, coping strategies, and social validity. Participants in one group also completed these measures 4 months later. Results indicated no significant changes on all but one measure; however, participants strongly endorsed the utility of the support group experience. Results are discussed with reference to previous research, limitations, and clinical recommendations.
Published
2015-07-21
How to Cite
Elfert, M., & Mirenda, P. (2015). Evaluation of a Support Group for Fathers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 49(2). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61054
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