Autism spectrum conditions among children and adolescents: a new profiling tool

Garnett, Michelle S., Attwood, Tony, Peterson, Candida and Kelly, Adrian B. (2013) Autism spectrum conditions among children and adolescents: a new profiling tool. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65 4: 206-213. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12022

Author Garnett, Michelle S.
Attwood, Tony
Peterson, Candida
Kelly, Adrian B.
Title Autism spectrum conditions among children and adolescents: a new profiling tool
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9530
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajpy.12022
Volume 65
Issue 4
Start page 206
End page 213
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract There is considerable debate about the sociocognitive features of autism spectrum conditions (ASC), and a tool for profiling the sociocognitive profiles of children and adolescents with ASC is needed. The aim of this research was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a new questionnaire-The Australian Scale for Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASASC). Three hundred twenty-two parents of children on the ASC spectrum, including autistic disorder (n=76), Asperger's disorder (n=188), and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (n=21), and a clinical group of children with subclinical ASC features and no ASC diagnosis (n=37). Measures include an initial scale measuring eight potential dimensions of ASC, a related screening tool for autism, and two previously validated social skills questionnaires. The questionnaires were administered online. The ASASC was factor-analysed, internal and test-retest reliabilities (for a randomly selected 84 parents) were calculated, and preliminary tests of convergent and divergent validity were conducted. The resulting measure (44 items) contained five coherent and reliable dimensions: understand and express emotion, fact orientation, sensory sensitivity, social communication, and rigidity. The questionnaire had good test-retest reliability and convergent/divergent validity. The ASASC enables profiles of ASC symptomatology that should be useful in adjusting interventions to individual needs.
Keyword Asperger's syndrome
Autism spectrum conditions
Psychometric validation
Symptom profile
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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