ERIC Number: EJ777812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Care for Autism-Related Services
Thomas, Kathleen C.; Ellis, Alan R.; McLaurin, Carolyn; Daniels, Julie; Morrissey, Joseph P.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v37 n10 p1902-1912 Nov 2007
This paper identifies family characteristics associated with use of autism-related services. A telephone or in-person survey was completed during 2003-2005 by 383 North Carolina families with a child 11 years old or younger with ASD. Access to care is limited for racial and ethnic minority families, with low parental education, living in nonmetropolitan areas, and not following a major treatment approach. Service use is more likely when parents have higher stress. Families use a broad array of services; the mix varies with child ASD diagnosis and age group. Disparities in service use associated with race, residence and education point to the need to develop policy, practice and family-level interventions that can address barriers to services for children with ASD.
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Age Differences, Minority Groups, Educational Attainment, Parent Influence, Stress Variables, Place of Residence, Clinical Diagnosis, Autism, Family Characteristics, Access to Health Care, Surveys, Children, Social Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina