Title

Factors facilitating therapist performance in interventions for autistic children: Comparing parents and professionals.

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

Keywords

Psychology, Clinical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study compared professional behaviour therapists with parents of children with autism trained as therapists for their children. The groups were compared on several therapist variables that contribute to effective therapist performance. Participants included 36 professionals and 33 parents between the ages of 21 and 57. They completed questionnaires examining their knowledge of behavioural principles, self-efficacy, social support resources, and beliefs in the efficacy of behavioural interventions. Parents had significantly less social support than did the professionals. Among participants with high socioeconomic backgrounds, parents also were less satisfied with their support than were professionals. No other group differences were found to be significant. Suggestions for improving parent training programs and support services for families are provided.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .Z53. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1519. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.