ERIC Number: EJ1175319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Parents' Use of Complementary Health Approaches for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lindly, Olivia J.; Thorburn, Sheryl; Heisler, Karen; Reyes, Nuri M.; Zuckerman, Katharine E.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n5 p1803-1818 May 2018
Knowledge of why parents use complementary health approaches (CHA) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited. We conducted a mixed methods study to better understand factors influencing parents' decision to use CHA for ASD. Parent-reported data about CHA use were collected on a probability sample of 352 young children with ASD in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; or Portland, Oregon. Follow-back interviews were conducted with 31 parents. CHA use was negatively associated with older child age and positively associated with parents' belief ASD has major consequences, living in Portland or Denver, and medication use. Nine themes help explain these results. Study findings may have utility for healthcare providers working with children with ASD and their families regarding CHA.
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Intervention, Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Decision Making, Medicine, Drug Therapy, Mixed Methods Research, Probability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado (Denver); California (Los Angeles); Oregon (Portland)
Grant or Contract Numbers: K23MH095828