ERIC Number: EJ1038354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
Ethnicity Reporting Practices for Empirical Research in Three Autism-Related Journals
Pierce, Nigel P.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sorrells, Audrey M.; Fragale, Christina L.; White, Pamela J.; Aguilar, Jeannie M.; Cole, Heather A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n7 p1507-1519 Jul 2014
This review examines ethnicity reporting in three autism-related journals ("Autism," "Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities," and "Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders") over a 6-year period. A comprehensive multistep search of articles is used to identify ethnicity as a demographic variable in these three journals. Articles that identified research participants' ethnicity were further analyzed to determine the impact of ethnicity as a demographic variable on findings of each study. The results indicate that ethnicity has not been adequately reported in these three autism related journals even though previous recommendations have been made to improve inadequacies of descriptive information of research participants in autism research (Kistner and Robbins in "J Autism Dev Disord" 16:77-82, 1986). Implications for the field of autism spectrum disorders are discussed in addition to further recommendations for future research.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Autism, Journal Articles, Research Reports, Educational Practices, Longitudinal Studies, Demography, Predictor Variables, Participant Characteristics, Research Needs, Literature Reviews, Research Methodology
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