Parenting interventions for children with autism spectrum and disruptive behavior disorders: Opportunities for cross-fertilization

Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Aubyn Stahmer, Mary J. Baker-Ericzén, Katherine Tsai

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Empirical support exists for parent training/education (PT/PE) interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While the models share common roots, current approaches have largely developed independently and the research findings have been disseminated in two different literature traditions: mental health and developmental disabilities. Given that these populations often have overlapping clinical needs and are likely to receive services in similar settings, efforts to integrate the knowledge gained in the disparate literature may be beneficial. This article provides a systematic overview of the current (1995-2005) empirical research on PT/PE for children with DBD and ASD; attending to factors for cross-fertilization. Twenty-two ASD and 38 DBD studies were coded for review. Literature was compared in three main areas: (1) research methodology, (2) focus of PT/PE intervention, and (3) PT/PE procedures. There was no overlap in publication outlets between the studies for the two populations. Results indicate that there are opportunities for cross-fertilization in the areas of (1) research methodology, (2) intervention targets, and (3) format of parenting interventions. The practical implications of integrating these two highly related areas of research are identified and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-200
Number of pages20
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Parent education
  • Parent training
  • Treatment.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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