Evaluation of the effect of the ACT Matrix on values-aligned behaviors of parents of autistic children



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The current study examined the effect of the ACT Matrix on values-aligned parenting behaviors for parents of autistic children. It also assessed secondary measures of parenting stress and psychological flexibility for participants. Results of daily behavior observations indicate a functional relationship between the ACT Matrix and increased values-aligned parenting behaviors. Pre- and post-test measures of psychological flexibility indicate that a brief, 45-minute engagement in the ACT Matrix increased psychological flexibility across all participants. Pre- and post-test measures of stress had variable results. These findings have implications for interventionists supporting parents of autistic children in increasing their values-aligned parenting behavior and psychological flexibility.



Acceptance and commitment therapy, ACT Matrix, Parenting, Psychological flexibility, Stress, Values