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Journal:   JOURNAL OF FAMILY RESEARCH   summer 2018 , Volume 14 , Number 54 #p00533; Page(s) 277 To 293.

The Effectiveness of a Group-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Psychological Problems Mothers of Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author(s):  AMINI FASAKHOUDI M.*, Mohammadian M., FATHI M.
* Department of Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
Mothers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder face significant stre-ssors and challenges; however, little research has investigated ways to effectively address their helplessness and psychological problems. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveeness of acceptance and commitment therapy on reducing the psychological problems in mothers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The present study was a sub-experimental [0]study with pre-test and post-test and a control group design. The research population included all the mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder referred to Psychiatry Institute of Tehran in 2016, among which 30 mothers were selected through purposive non-random sampling method based on a specialist diagnosis and a clinical interview Then participants were randomized into two groups, an experimental and a control group. Participants completed the following assessments in pre-and post-test stages: Acceptance and Action Questionnaire, Depression Anxiety Stress Scale, Positive Aspects of Caregiving, and Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire. Descriptive statistical methods and covariance analysis were used to analyze the data. The results of covariance analysis showed that in the post-test stage, group-based acceptance and commitment therapy was effective on reducing psychological problems in the experimental group (P<0/0005). As a result, group-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be effective in improving mental health of mothers of autistic children.
Keyword(s): Mindfulness,Positive Aspects of Caregiving,Acceptance and Action,Depression,Anxiety,and Stress
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