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Clinical Validation of the Autism Behavior Inventory: Caregiver-Rated Assessment of Core and Associated Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Author(s): Bangerter, Abigail;
  • Ness, Seth;
  • Lewin, David;
  • Aman, Michael G;
  • Esbensen, Anna J;
  • Goodwin, Matthew S;
  • Dawson, Geraldine;
  • Hendren, Robert;
  • Leventhal, Bennett;
  • Shic, Fred;
  • Opler, Mark;
  • Ho, Kai Fai;
  • Pandina, Gahan
  • et al.
Abstract

There is a need for measures to track symptom change in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We conducted a validation study on a revised version of the Autism Behavior Inventory (ABI), and a short form (ABI-S). Caregivers of individuals (6-54 years) with confirmed diagnoses of ASD (N = 144) completed the ABI and other rating scales at 4 time points. Scale consistency for each domain, 3-5 day test-retest reliability, and construct validity, determined by comparison to pre-specified scales, were all good. Change in the ABI was congruent with changes in other instruments. Collectively, results suggest incipient suitability of the ABI as a measure of changes in core and associated symptoms of ASD.Trial Registration NCT02299700.

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