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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

National Institute of Mental Health
Parenting Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum and Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Opportunities for Cross-Fertilization

Brookman-Frazee, L., Stahmer, A., et al. (2006).
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 9(3-4), 181-200.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of experimental and quasi-experimental studies pertaining to parent training and parent education for children with disruptive behavior disorder (DBD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This review does not discuss the effectiveness of parent teaching or parent education inteventions, but compares the characteristics of these interventions. Areas targeted in these interventions included: a) improved parenting practices, b)improved parent-child relationship, c) improved child or parent problem-solving skills, d) improved marital status, e) increased parental stress, f) increased child communication skills, g) increased child social skills, and h) increased parental use of functional assessment procedures.

Question(s) Addressed:

Questions not specifically addressed.

Population: Children with ASD and children with DBD

Intervention/Assessment: Parent training, Parent education interventions

Number of Studies Included: 60

Years Included: 1995 - 2005



Since the populations of DBD and ASD may likely overlap, it is important to considerer the characteristics of interventions for both populations to determine if there is an opportunity for a cross-over of instruction strategies. Major areas of difference included research design and outcome measures, focuses, and procedure.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parent-Mediated Intervention

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Added to Compendium: February 2012

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