Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 7, pp 1507–1519

Ethnicity Reporting Practices for Empirical Research in Three Autism-Related Journals

Authors

    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • Mark F. O’Reilly
    • University of Texas at Austin
  • Audrey M. Sorrells
    • University of Texas at Austin
  • Christina L. Fragale
    • University of Texas at Austin
  • Pamela J. White
    • University of Texas at Austin
  • Jeannie M. Aguilar
    • University of Texas at Austin
  • Heather A. Cole
    • University of Texas at Austin
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2041-x

Cite this article as:
Pierce, N.P., O’Reilly, M.F., Sorrells, A.M. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2014) 44: 1507. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2041-x

Abstract

This review examines ethnicity reporting in three autism-related journals (Autism, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders) over a 6-year period. A comprehensive multistep search of articles is used to identify ethnicity as a demographic variable in these three journals. Articles that identified research participants’ ethnicity were further analyzed to determine the impact of ethnicity as a demographic variable on findings of each study. The results indicate that ethnicity has not been adequately reported in these three autism related journals even though previous recommendations have been made to improve inadequacies of descriptive information of research participants in autism research (Kistner and Robbins in J Autism Dev Disord 16:77–82, 1986). Implications for the field of autism spectrum disorders are discussed in addition to further recommendations for future research.

Keywords

EthnicityRaceDemographicsAutism spectrum disorderReporting practices

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