ERIC Number: EJ969947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Unmet Dental Needs and Barriers to Dental Care among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lai, Bien; Milano, Michael; Roberts, Michael W.; Hooper, Stephen R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n7 p1294-1303 Jul 2012
Mail-in pilot-tested questionnaires were sent to a stratified random sample of 1,500 families from the North Carolina Autism Registry. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to determine the significance of unmet dental needs and other predictors. Of 568 surveys returned (Response Rate = 38%), 555 were complete and usable. Sixty-five (12%) children had unmet dental needs. Of 516 children (93%) who had been to a dentist, 11% still reported unmet needs. The main barriers were child's behavior, cost, and lack of insurance. The significant predictor variables of unmet needs were child's behavior (p = 0.01), child's dental health (p less than 0.001), and caregiver's last dental visit greater than 6 months (p = 0.002). Type of ASD did not have an effect on having unmet dental needs.
Descriptors: Autism, Dental Health, Child Health, Predictor Variables, Dentistry, Barriers, Access to Health Care, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Questionnaires, Behavior Problems, Health Needs, Health Insurance, Costs, Parent Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina