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Measuring the relationship between the parental Broader Autism Phenotype, parent–child interaction, and children’s progress following parent mediated intervention

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeremy Parr, Laura Gray, Dr Sarah WighamORCiD, Emerita Professor Helen McConachie, Professor Ann Le Couteur



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Parents of children with ASD may show ASD type behaviours - the Broader Autism Phenotype (BAP) which includes particular social communication interaction styles. Understanding the potential impact of defined parent characteristics may be relevant when designing and evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of parent-mediated interventions. In this proof of principle analysis 18 mothers who had taken part in an early parent-mediated intervention, later completed Family History interviews and were assigned to a higher or lower BAP group. Group change scores in mother-child interaction and children's progress were compated. There was significantly less change in mother-child interaction and child expressive language in the higher BAP group. These preliminary findings provide some support for further investigation of parent BAP status as potential moderator of the impact of early parent-mediated psychosocial interventions.

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Author(s): Parr J, Gray L, Wigham S, McConachie H, LeCouteur A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Year: 2015

Volume: 20

Pages: 24-30

Print publication date: 01/12/2015

Online publication date: 28/08/2015

Acceptance date: 30/07/2015

Date deposited: 01/09/2015

ISSN (print): 1750-9467

ISSN (electronic): 1878-0237

Publisher: Elsevier B.V


DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2015.07.006


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