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Do maternal attributions play a role in the acceptability of behavioural interventions for problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders?

Do maternal attributions play a role in the acceptability of behavioural interventions for problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders?
Do maternal attributions play a role in the acceptability of behavioural interventions for problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders?
The present study explored the relationship between parental attributions and treatment acceptability of behavioural interventions for problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Mothers of children with ASD aged 3–9 years (N = 139) completed survey measures that assessed demographics, parental attributions, treatment acceptability of parent-focused and child-focused behavioural interventions, severity of their child's disruptive behaviour, and severity of their child's ASD symptoms. The results showed that parental attributions of parent-referent stability, but not the other attributional dimensions, negatively predicted treatment acceptability of a parent-focused behavioural intervention, even when severity of disruptive behaviour was statistically controlled. Conversely, no associations were found between any attributional dimension and treatment acceptability of a child-focused behavioural intervention. Preliminary analyses also revealed that mothers’ ratings of the severity of their child's disruptive behaviour were significantly negatively associated with the acceptability of both parent-focused and child-focused behavioural interventions. The findings have potential implications for professionals to identify and challenge distorted attributions of parent-referent stability to promote parental acceptance of a parent-focused behavioural intervention for problem behaviour in children with ASD.
treatment acceptability, attributions, behavioural intervention, problem behaviour, autism
1750-9467
984-996
Choi, Yee Ki Kathy
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Kovshoff, H.
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Choi, Yee Ki Kathy
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Kovshoff, H.
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Choi, Yee Ki Kathy and Kovshoff, H. (2013) Do maternal attributions play a role in the acceptability of behavioural interventions for problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7 (8), 984-996. (doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2013.04.010).

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The present study explored the relationship between parental attributions and treatment acceptability of behavioural interventions for problem behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Mothers of children with ASD aged 3–9 years (N = 139) completed survey measures that assessed demographics, parental attributions, treatment acceptability of parent-focused and child-focused behavioural interventions, severity of their child's disruptive behaviour, and severity of their child's ASD symptoms. The results showed that parental attributions of parent-referent stability, but not the other attributional dimensions, negatively predicted treatment acceptability of a parent-focused behavioural intervention, even when severity of disruptive behaviour was statistically controlled. Conversely, no associations were found between any attributional dimension and treatment acceptability of a child-focused behavioural intervention. Preliminary analyses also revealed that mothers’ ratings of the severity of their child's disruptive behaviour were significantly negatively associated with the acceptability of both parent-focused and child-focused behavioural interventions. The findings have potential implications for professionals to identify and challenge distorted attributions of parent-referent stability to promote parental acceptance of a parent-focused behavioural intervention for problem behaviour in children with ASD.

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Published date: August 2013
Keywords: treatment acceptability, attributions, behavioural intervention, problem behaviour, autism
Organisations: Clinical Neuroscience

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Local EPrints ID: 351249
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351249
ISSN: 1750-9467
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ORCID for H. Kovshoff: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6041-0376

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Date deposited: 18 Apr 2013 11:10
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:47

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Author: Yee Ki Kathy Choi
Author: H. Kovshoff ORCID iD

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