Family-Centered Care as a Predictor of Early Intervention Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Families Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Durante, Genna
    • Affiliation: School of Education, School Psychology Graduate Program
  • Family centered-care is considered the gold standard approach in pediatric healthcare by numerous medical societies, healthcare systems, and legislative bodies governing the care of children. The current study utilized data from the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS) to examine family-centered care in the provision of early intervention services. The study had two main goals: (a) to examine the experiences of racially and ethnically diverse families in early intervention with regard to family-centered service delivery, and (b) to investigate whether or not perceived family-centered care could predict better outcomes for ethnically diverse families receiving early intervention services. Results found that race/ethnicity was significantly predictive of perceived family-centered care in early intervention, with Caucasian families significantly more likely to perceive high levels of family-centered care than African American and Hispanic families. In addition, greater family-centered care was predictive of higher perceived impact of early intervention services for African American families, and a reduction in the rate of special education services among Hispanic children in kindergarten. Family-centered care is discussed as an important variable in improving early intervention outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse families.
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  • Simeonsson, Rune
  • Evarrs, Sandra
  • Palsha, Sharon
  • Knotek, Steven
  • Scarborough, Anita
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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