Predictive and concurrent validity of parent concern about young children at risk for autism

Christine Reiner Hess, Rebecca Landa

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Abstract

Parents' concerns about their children's development were examined prospectively at 14, 24, and 36 months for 89 younger siblings of a child with autism. Parent reported concern was high at all ages (40-75%) and was higher at 24 and 36 months in children with ASD than non-ASD outcomes (p <.05). Communication concerns were reported most frequently. Parent concern compared to impairment classification based on concurrent standardized tests provided better specificity than sensitivity, and was better for communication than social functioning. Parent communication concern (but not social concern) at 24 months and 36 months predicted ASD versus non-ASD outcome; however, children's impairment on standardized tests yielded greater predictive value at all ages (p <.001). Close monitoring of this at risk group is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-584
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Autistic Disorder
Communication
Child Development
Siblings
Parents
Sensitivity and Specificity

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Communication
  • Parent concern
  • Screening
  • Social
  • Standardized assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Predictive and concurrent validity of parent concern about young children at risk for autism. / Hess, Christine Reiner; Landa, Rebecca.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 42, No. 4, 04.2012, p. 575-584.

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