Validity study of the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC)

Johnny L. Matson, Melissa González, Jonathan Wilkins

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC) is a 40-item Likert format scale designed to serve in the diagnosis of children and adolescents from 2 to 16 years of age. The reliability and factor structure of the scale have been established in previous research. Studies 1 and 2 were designed to evaluate the validity of the measure by establishing cut-off scores for 161 participants falling into the categories of typical development, atypical development/psychopathology, and ASD (i.e., autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome), as assessed by a licensed psychologist using ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria and in conjunction with standardized measures of autism (ADI-R, CARS, or CHAT) and Asperger's syndrome (CAST, GADS, or KADI). In study 3, the accuracy of ASD scores was compared with ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria for autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome in 219 children. The ASD-DC, which can be administered in 10-15 min proved to be a relatively accurate and valid diagnostic instrument when compared to the diagnostic methods described above. The implications of these data for further development of this scale are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-206
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Asperger Syndrome
Autistic Disorder
International Classification of Diseases
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Psychopathology
Psychology
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research

Keywords

  • ASD-DC
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Assessment
  • Autism
  • Diagnosis
  • PDD-NOS
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Cite this

Validity study of the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC). / Matson, Johnny L.; González, Melissa; Wilkins, Jonathan.

In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Vol. 3, No. 1, 01.01.2009, p. 196-206.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Matson, Johnny L. ; González, Melissa ; Wilkins, Jonathan. / Validity study of the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC). In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2009 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 196-206.
@article{8351c4d5666142da84812f209900f5fd,
title = "Validity study of the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC)",
abstract = "The Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC) is a 40-item Likert format scale designed to serve in the diagnosis of children and adolescents from 2 to 16 years of age. The reliability and factor structure of the scale have been established in previous research. Studies 1 and 2 were designed to evaluate the validity of the measure by establishing cut-off scores for 161 participants falling into the categories of typical development, atypical development/psychopathology, and ASD (i.e., autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome), as assessed by a licensed psychologist using ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria and in conjunction with standardized measures of autism (ADI-R, CARS, or CHAT) and Asperger's syndrome (CAST, GADS, or KADI). In study 3, the accuracy of ASD scores was compared with ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria for autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome in 219 children. The ASD-DC, which can be administered in 10-15 min proved to be a relatively accurate and valid diagnostic instrument when compared to the diagnostic methods described above. The implications of these data for further development of this scale are discussed.",
keywords = "ASD-DC, Asperger's syndrome, Assessment, Autism, Diagnosis, PDD-NOS, Validity",
author = "Matson, {Johnny L.} and Melissa Gonz{\'a}lez and Jonathan Wilkins",
year = "2009",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.rasd.2008.05.005",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "3",
pages = "196--206",
journal = "Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders",
issn = "1750-9467",
publisher = "Elsevier BV",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Validity study of the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC)

AU - Matson, Johnny L.

AU - González, Melissa

AU - Wilkins, Jonathan

PY - 2009/1/1

Y1 - 2009/1/1

N2 - The Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC) is a 40-item Likert format scale designed to serve in the diagnosis of children and adolescents from 2 to 16 years of age. The reliability and factor structure of the scale have been established in previous research. Studies 1 and 2 were designed to evaluate the validity of the measure by establishing cut-off scores for 161 participants falling into the categories of typical development, atypical development/psychopathology, and ASD (i.e., autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome), as assessed by a licensed psychologist using ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria and in conjunction with standardized measures of autism (ADI-R, CARS, or CHAT) and Asperger's syndrome (CAST, GADS, or KADI). In study 3, the accuracy of ASD scores was compared with ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria for autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome in 219 children. The ASD-DC, which can be administered in 10-15 min proved to be a relatively accurate and valid diagnostic instrument when compared to the diagnostic methods described above. The implications of these data for further development of this scale are discussed.

AB - The Autism Spectrum Disorders-Diagnostic for Children (ASD-DC) is a 40-item Likert format scale designed to serve in the diagnosis of children and adolescents from 2 to 16 years of age. The reliability and factor structure of the scale have been established in previous research. Studies 1 and 2 were designed to evaluate the validity of the measure by establishing cut-off scores for 161 participants falling into the categories of typical development, atypical development/psychopathology, and ASD (i.e., autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome), as assessed by a licensed psychologist using ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria and in conjunction with standardized measures of autism (ADI-R, CARS, or CHAT) and Asperger's syndrome (CAST, GADS, or KADI). In study 3, the accuracy of ASD scores was compared with ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR criteria for autism, PDD-NOS, and Asperger's syndrome in 219 children. The ASD-DC, which can be administered in 10-15 min proved to be a relatively accurate and valid diagnostic instrument when compared to the diagnostic methods described above. The implications of these data for further development of this scale are discussed.

KW - ASD-DC

KW - Asperger's syndrome

KW - Assessment

KW - Autism

KW - Diagnosis

KW - PDD-NOS

KW - Validity

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=56449116542&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=56449116542&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.rasd.2008.05.005

DO - 10.1016/j.rasd.2008.05.005

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:56449116542

VL - 3

SP - 196

EP - 206

JO - Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

JF - Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

SN - 1750-9467

IS - 1

ER -