ERIC Number: EJ797507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Psychiatric Hospitalization among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mandell, David S.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n6 p1059-1065 Jul 2008
This study examined predictors of psychiatric hospitalization among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Data were collected from 760 caregivers of children with ASD. Cox regression was used to determine factors associated with hospitalization. Almost 11% were hospitalized. Youth in single parent homes were more likely to be hospitalized (OR = 2.54), as were youth diagnosed at a later age (OR = 1.10). Engaging in self-injurious behavior (OR = 2.14), aggressive behavior (OR = 4.83), and being diagnosed with depression (OR = 2.48) or obsessive compulsive disorder (OR = 2.35) increased the odds of hospitalization. Risk for hospitalization increased with age and over time. The results suggest early diagnosis and community-based interventions for aggressive and self-injurious behaviors may reduce hospitalizations.
Descriptors: Hospitalized Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, At Risk Persons, Correlation, Age Differences, Behavior Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis, Aggression, Self Destructive Behavior, One Parent Family, Autism, Identification, Depression (Psychology)
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