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Thursday, December 3 • 9:20am - 10:10am
Evidence Based Practices for Supporting Families: Review, Mets-analysis & Evaluation LIMITED

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This Research and Publication Committee panel will present a recent meta-analysis and critical review of research on evidence based practices aimed at supporting parents of individuals with severe disabilities. Four groups of evidence based studies will be presented: psychoeducational group supports, multi-component interventions, applied behavior analysis interventions, and positive behavior support. Implications for services and policy will discussed along with limitations in this large body of research. Extensive research indicates that roughly one in three parents of children with developmental disabilities experience elevated depressive symptoms and high levels of stress. A large body of research now exists on interventions to support parents. This is the first meta-analysis and critical review of this literature identifying EBP's. This information is directly useful for service providers, policy makers, parents, and for their children. It identifies the kinds of interventions that are supported by sufficient data to be labeled as established EBP's and thereby offers guidance about ways to intervene when parents request help and the kinds of services that policy should enable. The comprehensive review of the published literature brought to light four sets of interventions that meet current standards as either promising or established evidence based practices: psycho-educational programs, applied behavior analysis interventions, multiple-components intervention, and positive behavior support. The psycho-educational interventions category includes group programs for stress management, coping skills training, and cognitive behavioral therapy. A meta analysis was conducted on all studies that reported randomized group comparison studies with control groups. The effect sizes and their confidence intervals indicated consistently effective interventions but with significant beneficial impacts but these were weaker than outcomes found in the general psychotherapy literature for adult problems. The review identified serious limitations in the research literature pertaining to the limited characteristics of the participants including only small percentages of diverse and low income parents and fathers.
There are few published studies of follow-ups so the longterm impact of these interventions is largely unknown.
The findings indicate that service providers now have an array of effective practices for supporting parents. They provide an important message to researchers and funders of research about the need for longer term evaluations and studies including a more diverse sample of participants. Taken as a whole the literature review and synthesis indicates that valuable progress has been made in developing effective interventions over the past forty years. At the same time it points out the need for better more powerful practices and for evaluation studies that have participants who are more representative of the contemporary US. The study indicates that PBS is highly promising as a form of family support and that relatively new uses of mindfulness based stress management practices are effective.
1. Participants will be able to identify the major forms of interventions for parents that meet standards for evidence based practices.
2. Participants will be able to characterize these sets of interventions and their effectiveness.
3. Participants will understand current standards in determining practices that are evidence based and issues that arise in evaluating them.


Thursday December 3, 2015 9:20am - 10:10am
Salon F 1402 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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