A1 Journal article (refereed)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group Intervention for Parents of Children with Disabilities (Navigator ACT) : An Open Feasibility Trial (2023)

Holmberg, B. T., Renhorn, E., Berg, B., Lappalainen, P., Ghaderi, A., & Hirvikoski, T. (2023). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group Intervention for Parents of Children with Disabilities (Navigator ACT) : An Open Feasibility Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 53(5), 1834-1849. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05490-6

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Holmberg, Bergman T.; Renhorn, E.; Berg, B.; Lappalainen, P.; Ghaderi, A.; Hirvikoski, T.

Journal or series: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

ISSN: 0162-3257

eISSN: 1573-3432

Publication year: 2023

Publication date: 03/03/2022

Volume: 53

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 1834-1849

Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05490-6

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80521


Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities report high levels of distress, but systematically evaluated interventions are few. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of a novel, manualized Acceptance and Commitment Therapy group intervention (Navigator ACT) in a sample of 94 parents of children with disabilities. Feasibility was measured by treatment completion, credibility, and satisfaction, and preliminary outcomes by using self-rating scales administered at the baseline, post-intervention, and follow-up. The results imply the intervention is feasible in the context of Swedish outpatient habilitation services. A preliminary analysis of the outcome measures suggests that parents experienced significant improvements in well-being. The results indicate that the treatment is feasible and should be evaluated in a randomized controlled trial.

Keywords: parents; mental well-being; stress (biological phenomena); acceptance and commitment therapy; group therapy; children (family members); disability; autism spectrum disorders

Free keywords: parental stress; parental distress; autism spectrum disorder; disability; treatment; feasibility

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

JUFO rating: 2

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