ERIC Number: ED418546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Factors Affecting Utilization of Early Intervention Services.
Gaillard, Lynda; Butler, Linda S.
This study investigated the utilization of early intervention services by 102 children (ages 2 to 72 months) and families seen for assessment at a diagnostic clinic in Portland, Maine. Surveys completed by subjects' case managers assessed whether recommended early intervention services were received and reasons why recommended services were not received. The study found that, overall, 70 percent of recommended services were received. Of the services not received, parent counseling was implemented significantly less often than other services. Sociodemographic factors did not discriminate service utilizers from non-utilizers overall, nor did the quantity of recommendations. Of services not obtained, family refusal was the most frequently reported barrier to utilization. Concerning the recommendation for parent counseling, families who received "strong" recommendations for counseling were more likely to receive services than families who received moderate or weak recommendations. Families with low incomes were more likely to access recommended counseling services. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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