Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 313–321

Characteristics of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Served in Comprehensive Community-based Mental Health Settings

Authors

    • Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Christine M. Walrath
    • ORC MacroUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Brigitte Manteuffel
    • ORC MacroUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Gina Sgro
    • ORC MacroUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Pinto-Martin
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-005-3296-z

Cite this article as:
Mandell, D.S., Walrath, C.M., Manteuffel, B. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2005) 35: 313. doi:10.1007/s10803-005-3296-z

Abstract

This study describes the characteristics of children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) receiving treatment in community mental health settings. Data from a national community mental health initiative was used to identify children who had received a primary diagnosis of ASD. These children were compared with children with other diagnoses on socio-demographic and psychosocial characteristics, presenting problems and service histories. Regardless of diagnosis, children were most often referred to service because of disruptive behaviors. Children with ASD were less likely to be referred for drug use, truancy or running away, but were more likely to be referred for social interaction difficulties and strange behavior. Many children had family histories of mental illness, substance abuse and domestic violence. Implications of these findings are discussed in detail.

Keywords

Autismasperger’s disorderchild abusecommunity mental health servicesbehavioral disorders
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