Journal article

Feasibility and acceptability of an online acceptance and commitment therapy group for parents caring for a child with cerebral palsy

Laura J McMillan, Maria C McCarthy, Frank Muscara, Vicki A Anderson, Robyn D Walser, Jenny O'Neill, Anica Dimovski, Meredith Rayner, JM Nicholson, SJC Hearps, Paul A Read, Elle Morrison, Kaitlyn McCabe, Katrina Williams

JOURNAL OF FAMILY STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

This study explored the feasibility and acceptability of a videoconferencing group psychotherapy intervention for parents of children living with cerebral palsy. A six-session Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention called Take a Breath was provided. Participants were 26 parents of children aged 12 months to nine years, with severe cerebral palsy. Parents responded to questionnaires at three time-points; baseline, pre-intervention, and post-intervention. Qualitative responses were recorded in response to a structured item asking about benefits of participating in the intervention. Of those enrolled, 90% of parents attended the minimum required sessions and 35% attended all six s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by the Scobie & Claire Mackinnon Trust funding with top-up funding from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and support of the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.