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Development of Treatment Adherence Measures for Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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dc.contributor.advisor Fristad, Mary
dc.contributor.advisor Hauser, Jessica
dc.creator Benninger, Tara
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-22T17:58:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-22T17:58:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/52920
dc.description 3rd Place for College of Arts & Sciences, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum en_US
dc.description Undergraduate Research Award en_US
dc.description.abstract Significant efforts have been made in recent years to bridge the gap between research and practice. As empirically-supported treatments (using evidence to inform practice) become the preferred choice of treatment in clinical settings, additional research is necessary to refine aspects of the development, implementation and interpretation of such interventions. Monitoring treatment fidelity, specifically, adherence to the treatment protocol, within these interventions will provide researchers with additional information about the treatment’s utility and effectiveness. The present study describes the development and psychometric properties of the Therapist Adherence Checklist, a measure used to assess treatment adherence in Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP) for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), an intervention designed for children aged 8-12 with an ASD and their families. Two groups of MF-PEP each consisting of nine weekly sessions, were evaluated. Adherence measures specific to each session’s topics and goals were developed. Three trained research assistants observed each session and completed the described measure. Tests of reliability were run to examine internal consistency as well as inter-rater reliability. Analyses of reliability demonstrated questionable-acceptable (α= .48-.78) internal consistency and a wide range of very low to moderate intraclass correlation coefficients (3, 1) =.22-.79 for inter-rater reliability. These results demonstrated that raters varied in agreement throughout sessions of MF-PEP, implying the measures may be unclear or raters may need additional training to increase reliability. Varied levels of internal consistency also indicated that revisions may be needed in order to ensure that the measures are consistently measuring therapist adherence. Measures with inconsistent reliability need additional revisions and research in order to be used to monitor treatment fidelity. This will enable comprehensive evaluations of empirically supported treatments, contributing to their effective and efficient use in clinical settings in order to create better client outcomes. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Ohio State University en_US
dc.relation Academic Major: Psychology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Honors Theses; 2012 en_US
dc.subject adherence en_US
dc.subject Autism Spectrum Disorders en_US
dc.subject evidence-based treatment en_US
dc.subject psychometrics en_US
dc.title Development of Treatment Adherence Measures for Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (MF-PEP) for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.embargo No embargo en_US