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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Self Compassion (SC) Training for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pilot Trial in Community Services in Spain

Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Children 2021, 8(5), 316; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050316
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 15 April 2021 / Accepted: 20 April 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
This study aims to develop a clinical trial to test the efficacy of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and self-compassion (SC) program on self-reported values of anxiety, depression, and stress in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in primary school, in order to assess their integration into the framework of community intervention programs in Spain. Methods: A brief 8-week training program using mindfulness-based intervention (MBSR) and self-compassion (SC) has been applied to twelve Valencian ASD parents, ten of whom completed the program. Participants were assigned to two groups; both groups received the same treatment but at two different measurement moments. Depression, anxiety, stress, satisfaction with life and mindful attention awareness measurements were performed, in all participants, in three testing stages. Results: Analysis of variance results suggested that MBSR and SC training reduces stress and anxiety and increases mindful attention awareness. No significant changes were found in life satisfaction measurements. Conclusions: The small number of participants prevents us from generalizing the results found. More MBSR and SC clinical trials are needed in parents of ASD with results on anxiety, depression and stress in order to demonstrate the relevance of the inclusion of these programs in community-based early intervention services. View Full-Text
Keywords: mindfulness; autism spectrum disorders; parental stress; parent anxiety mindfulness; autism spectrum disorders; parental stress; parent anxiety
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Rojas-Torres, L.P.; Alonso-Esteban, Y.; López-Ramón, M.F.; Alcantud-Marín, F. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Self Compassion (SC) Training for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pilot Trial in Community Services in Spain. Children 2021, 8, 316. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050316

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Rojas-Torres LP, Alonso-Esteban Y, López-Ramón MF, Alcantud-Marín F. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Self Compassion (SC) Training for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pilot Trial in Community Services in Spain. Children. 2021; 8(5):316. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050316

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Rojas-Torres, Liliana P., Yurena Alonso-Esteban, María F. López-Ramón, and Francisco Alcantud-Marín. 2021. "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Self Compassion (SC) Training for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pilot Trial in Community Services in Spain" Children 8, no. 5: 316. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8050316

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