Systematic Review of the Measurement Properties of Tools Used to Measure Behaviour Problems in Young Children with Autism.

Authors: Hanratty J, Livingstone N, Robalino S, Terwee CB, Glod M, Oono IP, Rodgers J, Macdonald G, McConachie H.

Source: PLoS One. 2015 Dec 14;10(12):e0144649. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144649.

Behaviour problems are common in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are many different tools used to measure behavior problems but little is known about their validity for the population.

We identified twelve tools which had been used to measure behaviour problems in young children with ASD, and fifteen studies which investigated the measurement properties of six of these tools. There was no evidence available for the remaining six tools. Two questionnaires were found to be the most robust in their measurement properties, the Child Behavior Checklist and the Home Situations Questionnaire-Pervasive Developmental Disorders version.

More systematic research is required on measurement properties of tools for use in this population, in particular to establish responsiveness to change which is essential in measurement of outcomes of intervention.

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