Raphaella Osborn1 Mary Girgis1 Stephanie Morse1 Jovana Sladakovic1 Ian Kneebone1 Alice Shires1 Seeta Durvasula2 Lynette Roberts1
1 Graduate School of Health University of Technology Sydney Ultimo Australia
2 University of Sydney Sydney Australia
Caring for a child with an intellectual disability (ID) is associated with significant psychological distress. Interventions include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness-integrated CBT (MiCBT) may offer a balance between CBT’s change focus and MBSR’s acceptance focus for these parents. Five participants were recruited and provided one to one MiCBT tailored to parental carers of children with ID. Four participants completed the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21 (DASS-21) pre-treatment and post-treatment. Reliable change analysis was used to identify clinically reliable change. One participant dropped out after four sessions, four completed eight of the available eight sessions. Two participants reported reductions in depressive and stress symptoms, and one of these, additionally reported a reduction in anxiety symptoms. All four participants who completed treatment rated the treatment as acceptable. MiCBT shows promise as an intervention to assist parental carers of children with ID.
Published in Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, May 2018
Publisher Name: Springer US
Print ISSN: 1056-263X
Online ISSN: 1573-3580