Using Andersen's (1968) behavioral model of health services use as a guiding conceptual framework, this study examined how receipt of family-centered care relates to the perceived family challenges for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data from the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) were analyzed for 812 parents of children with ASD. Multiple regression analyses provided substantive statistical evidence that a child's race, the adequacy of a family's insurance, and the stability of child's health care needs significantly contribute to predicting his or her receipt of family-centered care. Further results suggest a relationship between receipt of family-centered care and the perception of challenge for these families; families receiving family-centered care perceive fewer challenges and feel less unmet need for child health services. Family-centered professionals are critical in the development of policies and programs geared toward improving the health outcomes of children with ASD and their families.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. May 2013. Major: Family social science. Advisor: Catherine Ann Solheim. 1 computer file (PDF); ix, 102 pages, appendices A-C.
Reinke, Jennifer Sue.
Families of children with autism spectrum disorder: the role of family-centered care in perceived family challenges.
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