Date of Award

Spring 5-25-2024

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Martha Fuller, PhD, PPCNP-BC


The purpose of this project was to reduce stress levels of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by teaching them mindfulness practices and education on free and accessible methods to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives, as well as the benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress and improving psychological well-being.

Parents of children with ASD experience high levels of stress and numerous research studies support the use of mindfulness techniques to reduce stress levels in adults. The participants in this project included mothers who have at least one child with ASD who attend the Thompson Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center (TANC) at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). These mothers were recruited via e-mail by the leader of a hospital-sponsored “moms’ group” for parents of children with ASD. The intervention was a 20-minute educational presentation and handout on the benefits of mindfulness, specific techniques, and available free mobile mindfulness applications held prior to a scheduled meeting. Prior to the education, participants completed an anonymous pre-survey via REDcap on their mobile devices including the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) and demographic questions.

The pre-education survey results found that most participants experienced moderate to high stress levels. None of the participants completed the post survey despite multiple efforts withe-mail reminders sent by TANC representative before and after the holidays in December 2023. The participants voiced their appreciation for the education upon completion of the session.

PSS-10 Permission to Use.pdf (567 kB)
Permission to use PSS-10 for evidence-based project

UCLA Mindful Permission for Use.pdf (648 kB)
Permission to use UCLA Mindful/"Mindful Meditations" for evidence-based project

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Nursing Commons