Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is characterized by core symptoms of impaired social interaction and communication, stereotypic and restricted behaviors (American Psychiatric Association, 2004). Diverse types of problem behaviors, including self-injury and aggressive behaviors, often accompany the disorder. Problem behaviors are not only maladaptive in the lives of individuals with ASD and others, but also limits their opportunity to participate in social activities, thus lowering quality of life (Rojahn, Aman, Matson, & Mayville, 2003; Lundqvist, 2011). Previous studies demonstrated that children and adolescents with ASD have high prevalence of displaying problem behaviors, and the topic has been recently started to be explored in Korea. However, there is a lack of psychometrically sound tools that assess maladaptive behaviors of children with ASD and limited methods to measure treatment effectiveness by comparing pretest and posttest differences. The present study aims to standardize ASD-BPC (Autism Spectrum Disorders-Behavior Problem for Children; Matson, Gonzalez, & Rivet, 2008) among Korean children with ASD. The tool will not only be useful for understanding problem behaviors, but also be effective in validating clinical treatment effectiveness.
Min-Joo, Lee : firstname.lastname@example.org