Parenting is a journey filled with joys and challenges, and it can be especially unique when raising adolescents with intellectual disabilities. A clinical trial titled "Parents Plus Parenting Program for Parents of Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities" sheds light on a program designed to help parents navigate this journey more effectively. Let's delve into the research findings and discover how this program can make a difference in the lives of both parents and their children.
People with intellectual disabilities make up between 1% and 2.5% of the population of Western countries (American Psychiatric Association). It is estimated, therefore, that between 2% and 5% of families globally will have at least one child with an intellectual disability. Having a child with an intellectual disability places extra demands on parents, and this is exacerbated in the adolescent developmental period.
As parents are the primary caregivers to these adolescents with complex needs, resources must be available to help alleviate parental stress and carer burnout. One such intervention is the Parents Plus Special Needs program (PPSN) which is the first tailor-made program for parents of adolescents with intellectual disabilities.
Clinical TrialThe clinical trial focuses on the Parents Plus Parenting Program. The goal of this program is to provide support to parents who are raising adolescents with intellectual disabilities. The researchers wanted to find out whether participating in this program could lead to positive changes in parenting skills, parent-child relationships, and overall well-being.
To test the effectiveness of the program, the researchers conducted a clinical trial involving 277 parents having adolescents with an intellectual disability. They divided the participating families into two groups. Some families were part of the program, while others were not, acting as a comparison group. This helped the researchers compare the outcomes between the two groups and understand the true impact of the Parents Plus Parenting Program.