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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 810–823 | Cite as

Using the Double ABCX Model to Integrate Services for Families of Children with ASD

  • Katherine E. Pickard
  • Brooke R. Ingersoll
Original Paper

Abstract

This conceptual paper reviews the need for a family-focused service delivery model within the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) field and suggests that the Double ABCX Model of Stress and Adaptation is a way to address this need. Within the ASD field, there is an absence of service delivery models that are able to address the needs of the family as a unit, rather than the individual child with ASD. This gap is striking given the reciprocal relationship between parent and child outcomes within the ASD field. To support our argument that the Double ABCX model could be used to integrate parent and child-focused interventions within the ASD field, this paper starts by reviewing the mental health outcomes often associated with having a child with ASD. We next provide a historical overview of the Double ABCX model and review a body of ASD intervention literature within the context of the Double ABCX model framework. Doing so shows that a number of child and parent focused interventions within the ASD field can be fit within the Double ABCX framework. However, a handful of methodological and sampling limitations prevent the Double ABCX model from being fully supported as a model that could be applied in a variety of settings. Taken together, this review highlights that the Double ABCX model is a promising strategy to integrate child and parent-focused interventions within the ASD field, but highlights that specific areas of future research are needed in order to build continued support for this argument.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Intervention ABCX Integrated care Family 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Ethics Approval

The research presented in this manuscript did not involve human or animal subjects as it is solely a review paper. This manuscript has not been previously published in any form, does not contain copyrighted material, and is not under review elsewhere.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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