Non-violent resistance parent training for the parents of young adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ofer Golan, Hila Shilo, Haim Omer

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Abstract

A ‘dependence trap’ between parents and young adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HF-ASD) develops when parents accommodate to the needs of their grown-up child in ways that may hinder development and cause distress. Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) parent training may help parents reduce their accommodation, manage arising conflicts through de-escalation techniques, and amass external support for themselves and their child. Parents of four young adults with HF-ASD received a ten-week modified NVR parent training. Cases were evaluated through semi-structured interviews and self-report questionnaires. The parents reported improved independent functioning, reduced parental helplessness and accommodation, and enhanced support. Questionnaires showed improvements in reported parental hopefulness and reduced parental depression. Practitioner points: Families with a grown-up child with HF-ASD may be characterised by excessive parental accommodation that is detrimental to optimal functioning Accommodation increases dependence, which in turn requires continued accommodation, forming a ‘dependence trap’ NVR parent training may help parents to young adults with HF-ASD reduce parental accommodation, helplessness and depression, while improving hopefulness and adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-24
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • accommodation
  • dependence
  • non-violent resistance
  • parent training
  • young adults

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