ERIC Number: EJ1062561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Reference Count: 68
Sociodemographic Barriers to Early Detection of Autism: Screening and Evaluation Using the M-CHAT, M-CHAT-R, and Follow-Up
Khowaja, Meena K.; Hazzard, Ann P.; Robins, Diana L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n6 p1797-1808 Jun 2015
Parents (n = 11,845) completed the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (or its latest revision) at pediatric visits. Using sociodemographic predictors of maternal education and race, binary logistic regressions were utilized to examine differences in autism screening, diagnostic evaluation participation rates and outcomes, and reasons for non-participation. Families of lower maternal education and racial minorities exhibited inflated initial screen positive rates and lower participation at Follow-Up, although not at the evaluation. Economic challenges, such as invalid phone numbers, were identified as barriers to reaching these families. Families of higher education and White race were more likely to decline participation in evaluation. Results suggest the need for increased public education about childhood development to enhance awareness, reduce stigma, and streamline screening.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Disability Identification, Barriers, Check Lists, Parents, Toddlers, Mothers, Educational Attainment, Parent Background, Race, Regression (Statistics), Participation, Clinical Diagnosis, Economically Disadvantaged
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