Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Workshop Intervention: A Preliminary Investigation of Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Mothers of a Child with a Disability

Helen M. Bourke-Taylor, Fiona Jane, Jennifer Peat

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Substantial evidence identifies mothers of children with a disability as having a higher risk for compromised health outcomes and lifestyle restrictions secondary to caring responsibilities. Healthy Mothers Healthy Families (HMHF) is an evidence informed health and empowerment group-based workshop program. Methods: HMHF features health education and lifestyle redesign content. Mixed methods evaluated the program. This paper presents a pretest-postest time series design to evaluate outcomes over 8 months. Results: Mothers reported significant change across 4 time points including participation in healthy activity (p = 0.017), depression, anxiety, stress symptoms (p = 0.017, 0.016, 0.037 respectively) and empowerment (p = 0.009). Conclusion: Coupled with qualitative findings, these results suggest that HMHF is effective at improving health and wellbeing outcomes for mothers of children with a disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-949
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Carers
  • Children with disability
  • Health promotion
  • Mental health
  • Mothers
  • Women’s health
  • occupational therapy

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