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Project Title

Project Title

Growing Up Aware: A parent-based sexuality intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Ballan, Michelle

Description

Description

This study seeks to test a five-week, psychoeducational intervention designed to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) understand and promote their child’s healthy sexual development. The Growing Up Aware intervention is derived from the application of a behavioral change model from the public health field. This model focuses on Protection-Motivation theory and uses a task-centered group approach. Based upon the methods of applied behavioral analysis, social mapping and social stories, the intervention is designed to help parents impart communication and educational strategies for competency-based sexuality instruction. A sample of 120 parents of children with ASD, ages 8 through 13, will be recruited from seven school districts within Bergen county, New Jersey. An adaptive randomization procedure will be used to assign participants to either a control or intervention condition. Primary outcomes address: (1) change in parental attitudes and knowledge concerning the sexuality of their children with ASD; (2) change in parental communication skills related to issues of sexuality; and (3) change in level of children’s awareness of sexuality. This study is an initial step towards developing empirically-validated, effective theory-based parent interventions that target children with ASD with appropriate knowledge and skills for navigating normative sexual behavior associated with maturation and transition to adolescence and adulthood.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2013

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SH. Support at least two studies that focus on research on health promotion and prevention of secondary conditions in people with ASD by 2012. Secondary conditions of interest include weight issues and obesity, injury, and co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Growing Up Aware: A parent-based sexuality intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Columbia University

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Growing Up Aware: A parent-based sexuality intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders | 20000 | 2012 | N/A
Growing Up Aware: A parent-based sexuality intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2014 |
Growing Up Aware: A parent-based sexuality intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders | 20000 | 2013 |

 
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