Timothy B Steinhoff

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Publications (2)6.13 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The World Wide Web is one of the most common methods used by parents to find information on autism spectrum disorders and most consumers find information through search engines such as Google or Bing. However, little is known about how the search engines operate or the consistency of the results that are returned over time. This study presents the results of analyses of searches from 2009, 2010, and 2011 for information on autism. We found that over time, consumers are likely to have different search experiences yielding different results, and we urge consumers to use caution when using the World Wide Web to obtain information on autism.
    Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 02/2012; 42(6):1275-9. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The World Wide Web is a common method for obtaining information on autism spectrum disorders, however, there are no guidelines for finding websites with high quality. We conducted two studies examining the characteristics and/or quality of autism websites in 2009 and 2010. We found websites with a .gov top-level domain had a statistically significant association with high quality websites and websites offering a product or service and websites promoting a non-evidence-based practice had a statistically significant association with poor quality websites. Based on our work we concluded that online information should not replace the information consumers obtain from professionals. Further implications for practice, overview of study limitations and future directions are provided.
    Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 08/2011; 42(6):1263-74. · 3.06 Impact Factor