ERIC Number: EJ947661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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The Relationship between Gender and Age of First Concern in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Horovitz, Max; Matson, Johnny L.; Turygin, Nicole; Beighley, Jennifer S.
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v6 n1 p466-471 Jan-Mar 2012
The age at which parents first developed concerns over their child's development was examined in 965 toddlers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and atypical development to examine the potential role of gender. A two-way analysis of covariance was conducted with gender and diagnosis entered as independent variables, age at assessment entered as a covariate, and age of parents' first concerns entered as the dependent variable. The average age of parents' first concerns was significantly younger for females when compared to males. Additionally, the age of parents' first concerns was significantly younger for toddlers with ASD when compared to toddlers with atypical development. No significant interaction was found. Possible explanations for the results and their implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Age Differences, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Toddlers, Statistical Analysis, Gender Differences, Parent Attitudes, Child Development, Comparative Analysis
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