Family accommodation refers to changes in families’ behavior aimed at reducing children’s psychopathology-related distress (Shimshoni et al. in Indian J ournal of Psychiatry 61(Suppl 1):S93-S103, 2019). Family accommodation of RRBs occurs frequently in families of children with autism, is linked to greater symptom severity (Feldman et al. in J Autism Dev Disord 49(9):3602-3610, 2019), and is unexplored in the context of disruptive behaviors. This study examined child and parent factors associated with disruptive behavior in children with autism. Parents (N = 90; age 2-9 years) reported on children’s autism symptomatology, adaptive functioning, and disruptive behavior, alongside parenting stress and family accommodation of RRBs. Such accommodation contributed significantly to predicting disruptive behavior. These findings indicate that parent behavior is associated with the expression of disruptive behavior in this sample, highlighting potential intervention targets for children with autism.
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Eli R Lebowitz