Master of Arts (M.A.)
This research study investigated the factors that affect fathers' participation in parent training for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Thirty-nine fathers of children with ASD completed a voluntary and anonymous online survey rating how several factors would affect their participation in parent training for fathers of children with ASD. Additionally, two focus groups were held, consisting of a total of ten fathers of children with ASD from the Central Coast region of California. These fathers described their previous participation in parent trainings and cited specific factors to include and avoid in parent training programs for fathers of children with ASD. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyze the data obtained. Findings pinpointed several factors important for inclusion and exclusion in parent training programs designed for fathers of children with ASD. Implications of these findings for parent training programs specifically targetin! g fathers are discussed.
Wenzler, Mark W., "Factors that affect fathers' participation in parent training for children with autism spectrum disorders" (2010). Capstone Projects and Theses. 437.