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A cognitive-behavioral group intervention for parents of youth with chronic pain: Development, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness

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Title: A cognitive-behavioral group intervention for parents of youth with chronic pain: Development, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness
Author: Lee, Soeun; Ewdards, Kim; McMurtry, Meghan
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Caregiving for a youth with chronic pain is associated with unique stressors. Parents can play important roles for youth coping and functional outcomes, although parents often report uncertainty about how to support their youth and may benefit from learning evidence-based strategies. However, few parent-targeted interventions for pediatric chronic pain exist, particularly delivered within a group format. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to describe the development of a parent-targeted group intervention within an outpatient interdisciplinary pediatric chronic pain clinic, and to assess preliminary feasibility and effectiveness. METHOD: The development and content of the intervention are described in detail. Feasibility was assessed via enrollment, attendance, and attrition. Effectiveness was assessed via parent self-reported responses to pain and psychological flexibility (PF) at pre- and post-treatment. RESULTS: Seventy parents consented and participated in the 5-week group intervention (2 hours/session). Preliminary results demonstrated adequate feasibility, with attendance rates at 61.4% and attrition rates at 24.3%. Posttreatment, there were significant moderate to large sized decreases in three of four parent behaviors assessed (protectiveness, monitoring, minimizing) and large sized increases in PF. CONCLUSIONS: This group intervention for parents can produce positive changes in self-reported parent behavior and PF and may be a feasible way to intervene within an outpatient interdisciplinary setting
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/24092
Date: 2021
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Related Publications: Lee, S., Edwards, K., & McMurtry, C. M. (2021). A cognitive-behavioral group intervention for parents of youth with chronic pain: Development, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cpp0000385


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