Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience higher stress levels than those of typically developing children. The goal of the current study was to examine whether a mentalization-based intervention would enhance parental cognitive reappraisal, an adaptive form of emotion regulation associated with lower levels of stress. Findings from 27 parents who completed a short training indicated an improvement in cognitive reappraisal. In exploratory analyses, two different types of reappraisal were examined. The intervention-related improvement was found mainly with one type of reappraisal, namely reflective reappraisal that consist of cognitive reappraisal with mentalization characteristics. In light of the evidence indicating that high cognitive reappraisal and high reflective functioning are associated with quality caregiving, findings from the current study suggesting that a brief mentalization-based intervention supports ASD parents' cognitive reappraisal with mentalization characteristics are promising and warrant further investigation.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant/Award Number: 81801025; CNNC Medical Industry Co. Ltd., Grant/Award Number: ZHYLYB2021004; Suzhou Science and Technology Development Project, Grant/Award Number: SS2019062; Talent Support Project of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Grant/Award Number: XKTJ‐RC202006; Young Talents in Suzhou Health System Funding information
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81801025), the special project “Technological innovation” project of CNNC Medical Industry Co. Ltd. (ZHYLYB2021004), Suzhou Science and Technology Development Project (SS2019062), the Talent Support Project of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University (XKTJ‐RC202006) and “National Tutor System” Training Program for Young Talents in Suzhou Health System.
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- cognitive reappraisal
- reflective functioning
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health