The Effect of a Training Program in Modifying Parental Attitudes towards their Autistic Children

Muna Abu Shuaib, Osama Bataineh


The purpose of the present study was to identify effects of a proposed group training program in modifying parental attitudes toward their autistic children, and to identify the effect of the program on parents in light of such variables as gender, educational degree, and group. To achieve these goals, an attitudes scale was developed to measure parental attitudes of autistic children towards their children, a training program aiming at modifying parental attitudes, introducing them to autism and how should be treated. The sample of the study consisted of 40 parents of autistic children who were assigned randomly to experimental (n=20) and control (n=20) groups. Pretest and posttest were applied to both groups (experimental and control). The training program was applied to the experimental group whereas the control group received to no program. The program consisted of 12-training sessions and lasted for 3-weeks. To answer the study questions, the means, standard deviations and One Way ANCOVA were used. Findings revealed that the overall mean estimations of parental attitudes towards their autistic children were positive. Also, the study showed statistically significant differences were attributed to variable group where differences were in favor of the experimental in comparison with the control group. No statistically significant differences attributed to the educational qualification and gender.


Attitudes, Autistic Child Parents, Training Program, Attitudes Modification, Autism Children, Autism

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