Do Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions improve family quality of life? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Amanda Leigh Duncan, Hannah Keene, Collin Shepley

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Abstract

Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions have been described as culturally responsive and family-friendly interventions, with research demonstrating improvements in children’s development when receiving these services. Given the child-directed nature of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions and the intervention’s congruence with families’ daily routines, many studies have examined the impact of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions on family and family member quality of life. Therefore, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to explore the relationship between Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions and family quality of life. Results suggest that the receipt of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention services neither improved nor worsened family and family member quality of life. For those involved in the provision of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention services, there is an immediate need to convey to families that children’s improvements will likely not translate into improvements in family quality of life (osf.io/3ua5f). Lay abstract: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions have been described as culturally responsive and family-friendly interventions, with research demonstrating improvements in children’s development following the receipt of these interventions. Given the child-directed nature of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions and the intervention’s integration within families’ daily routines, many studies have examined the impact of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions on family and family member quality of life. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to explore the relationship between Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions and family quality of life. Results suggest that the provision of a Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention neither improved nor worsened family or family member quality of life. For those involved in delivering Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention services, there is an immediate need to convey to families that children’s improvements will likely not translate into improvements in family quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAutism
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2024.

Keywords

  • autism
  • meta-analysis
  • NDBI
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Do Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions improve family quality of life? A systematic review and meta-analysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this