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A randomised, controlled feasibility study comparing the SAFE intervention with support as usual for families of children with autism

Alongside symptoms of autism and maladaptive behavior, children with autism and their families also report mental health problems. SAFE is a new family oriented intervention drawing upon attachment theory, systemic practice, multi-family therapy and preferences of people with autism.A randomized controlled feasibility trial of SAFE was conducted to prepare for a definitive national UK trial to evaluate its effectiveness in promoting positive family change. Thirty-four families were recruited (randomized 2:1) to receive either (i) the intervention plus support as usual (SAFE+SUE) or (ii) support as usual (SUE). SAFE provided five 3-hour therapy sessions. The primary outcome measure was the Systemic CORE 15 (SCORE-15) assessing perception of family functioning. Secondary and process measures assessed therapists’ adherence to the intervention and families’ experience of the study materials, recruitment, and intervention, perceived changes in relationships, wellbeing and coping


Rebecca McKenzie

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