Evaluating the Social Validity of the Early Start Denver Model: A Convergent Mixed Methods Study

An intervention has social validity to the extent that it is socially acceptable to participants and stakeholders. This pilot convergent mixed methods study evaluated parents’ perceptions of the social validity of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a naturalistic behavioral intervention for children with autism. It focused on whether the parents viewed (a) the ESDM goals as appropriate for their children, (b) the intervention procedures as acceptable and appropriate, and (c) whether changes in their children’s behavior was practically significant. Parents of four children who participated in the ESDM completed the TARF-R questionnaire and participated in a semi-structured interview. Both data sets indicated that parents rated their experiences with the ESDM positively and rated it as socially-valid. The findings indicated that what was implemented in the intervention is complemented by how it was implemented and by whom.



Work Title Evaluating the Social Validity of the Early Start Denver Model: A Convergent Mixed Methods Study
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  1. Emily Ogilvie
  2. Matthew T. McCrudden
  1. Autism spectrum disorder
  2. Early Start Denver Model
  3. Social validity
  4. Convergent mixed methods
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Work Type Article
  1. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publication Date July 6, 2017
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3214-1
Deposited August 09, 2023




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    • Autism spectrum disorder, Early Start Denver Model, Social validity, Convergent mixed methods
    • A Convergent Mixed Methods Study
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    • 2017-09-01
    • 2017-07-06
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