ERIC Number: EJ873012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Psychotropic Medication Use among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Enrolled in a National Registry, 2007-2008
Rosenberg, Rebecca E.; Mandell, David S.; Farmer, Janet E.; Law, J. Kiely; Marvin, Alison R.; Law, Paul A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n3 p342-351 Mar 2010
Patterns of current psychotropic medication use among 5,181 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) enrolled in a Web-based registry were examined. Overall, 35% used at least one psychotropic medication, most commonly stimulants, neuroleptics, and/or antidepressants. Those who were uninsured or exclusively privately insured were less likely to use greater than or equal to 3 medications than were those insured by Medicaid. Psychiatrists and neurologists prescribed the majority of psychotropic medications. In multivariate analysis, older age, presence of intellectual disability or psychiatric comorbidity, and residing in a poorer county or in the South or Midwest regions of the United States increased the odds of psychotropic medication use. Factors external to clinical presentation likely affect odds of psychotropic medication use among children with ASD.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Autism, Multivariate Analysis, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Drug Therapy, Stimulants, Health Insurance, Physicians, Age Differences, Mental Disorders, Neurology, Psychiatry, Socioeconomic Influences, Poverty, Place of Residence, Probability, Children, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Identifiers - Location: United States