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Dev Neurorehabil. 2013;16(1):9-16. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2012.705909. Epub 2012 Oct 3.

Examination and validation of a measure of anxiety specific to children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA. rrieske@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Investigated the use of a combined scale (Worry/Depressed and Avoidant scales) from the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Comorbidity for Children (ASD-CC) as a measure of anxiety. Alternative methods of measuring anxiety were examined using the ASD-CC in an ASD population.

METHODS:

Participants included 147 children, age 2-16 years, evincing a mixture of behavior problems. Comparisons between scores on the ASD-CC and Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) were examined to determine the most efficacious method of measuring anxiety and to establish convergent and discriminant validity.

RESULTS:

The worry/depressed subscale was the most effective subscale of the ASD-CC to measure anxiety with proven incremental validity over the combined scale.

CONCLUSION:

The worry/depressed subscale is the best measure of anxiety utilizing the ASD-CC in children with an ASD. Additionally, convergent and discriminant validity was demonstrated by comparing the scale with similar and dissimilar scales of the BASC-2.

PMID:
23030738
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2012.705909
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