Family Empowerment: Predicting Service Utilization for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Patricia K. Zemantic, Evangeline C. Kurtz-Nelson, Hannah Barton, Jonathan Safer-Lichtenstein, Laura Lee McIntyre

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Abstract

Families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often utilize a variety of services. Relatively few studies have examined the relationship between family empowerment and service utilization for this population. The present study investigated the relationship between family empowerment and service utilization in families of children with ASD from the Pacific Northwest. Family empowerment did not predict the use of behavioral services or established related services. However, higher family empowerment was reported for families who reported use of complementary and alternative medicine. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Early intervention
  • Family empowerment
  • Service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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