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J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Mar;49(3):1142-1153. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3800-x.

Supporting Parents of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The French Awakening.

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1
Laboratoire de Psychopathologie et Processus de Santé (EA 4057), Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, 71, Avenue Édouard Vaillant, 92100, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
2
Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l'Education et de la Communication (EA 2310), Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
3
Laboratoire de Psychopathologie et Processus de Santé (EA 4057), Institut de Psychologie, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, 71, Avenue Édouard Vaillant, 92100, Boulogne-Billancourt, France. emilie.cappe@parisdescartes.fr.

Abstract

After being wrongfully blamed for their child's disturbances, French parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are now perceived as essential partners of care professionals. This shift in perspective has encouraged the development of parent training programs in the field of autism. In this paper, we present three programs currently implemented in France for parents of a child with ASD. We investigated their social validity, from the parents' perspective. All three programs showed good social validity: attendance rate was good and parents were satisfied. In France, like elsewhere, more parents should be given the opportunity to participate in such programs to help them deal with the specific challenges of raising a child with ASD.

KEYWORDS:

Autism spectrum disorder; France; Parent training; Support programs

PMID:
30413911
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-018-3800-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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