Parenting practices and challenging behaviour in autism

Status: Current

Māori Relevant Content: Yes

Project Abstract

We are interested in the associations between parenting practices, parenting stress, and challenging behaviours in children on the autism spectrum in Australia and New Zealand. Most previous research is based on studies with parents of non-autistic children, so we do not know if these might be the same or different for parents of children on the autism spectrum. Carrying out this research could help us to understand whether and how parenting is related to the child’s behaviour. This kind of understanding could inform how we support children on the autism spectrum, their caregivers and families.

This study is an online survey for parents of autistic children aged 6-13 years old. To find out more, or take part, please follow the link to the study webpage below.

Study link:

Meet the project team.
Lisa Marie Emerson, Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, and a Senior Clinical Psychologist. My research is about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people and their families, including the use of mindfulness.

Vedanta Suvarna, Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology student. I am passionate about autism research projects to support people on the autism spectrum.

Dr Jessica Paynter, Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia. Her research focus is on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based assessment and interventions for children on the autism spectrum. She has particular interests in social cognition, academic achievement, and parenting

Prof Lara Farrell, Professor, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Australia.

Assoc Prof Dawn Adams, Associate Professor, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia. The overall aim of her research is to improve well-being and outcomes for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.

Researchers - UC Staff

Researchers - Non-UC Staff

  • Dawn Adams: Researcher; Griffith University
  • Lara Farrell: Researcher; Griffith University
  • Jessica Paynter: Researcher; Griffith University
  • Vedanta Survana: Postgraduate student; Griffith University

Subject Area: Disciplines