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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Autism Parent Stress and Advocacy Training


Nino Murray, a doctoral student at Waldon University is conducting a study about parent perceived self-efficacy and parental stress before and after training. Please consider participating and sharing this information with others who may be willing and able to participate. This research is designed to examine the effects of advocacy training on the stress and self-efficacy in parents of children with autism living in America. The survey takes about 10 minutes. Please go to: http://www.autismparentresearch.com for more information.

Understanding the effects of advocacy training on the perceived self-efficacy and parental stress in parents of children diagnosed with autism could provide compelling evidence that parents need advocacy training to protect their mental health. Healthy parents promote a healthy family system that benefits all children. Such a link may also provide evidence for the need to make advocacy training more accessible for parents who are new to caring for their child diagnosed with autism. This study was expected to provide valuable information for parents of children diagnosed with autism as well as those involved in providing assistance and training for these parents. If the study found a decrease in parental stress and an increase in perceived self-efficacy in parents of children diagnosed with autism who participated in Wrightslaw Advocacy Training (WLAT), it could measure the benefits of such advocacy training programs.

Perceived self-efficacy is the belief in one’s personal abilities to complete a task. It is more concerned with the judgment of how well one can perform rather than how well one actually performs.

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