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ERIC Number: EJ787427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Urbanicity-Related Variation in Help-Seeking and Services Utilization among Preschool-Age Children with Autism in Taiwan
Chen, Chuan-Yu; Liu, Chieh-Yu; Su, Wen-Chuan; Huang, Su-Ling; Lin, Keh-Ming
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n3 p489-497 Mar 2008
The present study examines urbanicity-related differences in help-seeking process among preschool children with autism and investigates the factors associated with utilization of autism-related services within the year of diagnosis. Using the 1997-2004 National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan, we identified a total of 3495 autistic children born in 1997-1999 and 13964 matched controls. Results indicate that suburban and rural autism tended to receive the diagnosis at an older age and to have a longer diagnosis process as compared with urban counterparts. Male gender, a younger age of diagnosis, and being diagnosed by psychiatric specialty strongly predict subsequent greater utilization of autism-specific services (all p less than 0.05). Health policy makers and other service providers should address the needs of children with early-onset neurodevelopmental disorders in rural areas, particularly those from disadvantaged families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan