Identifying Youths with Autism Spectrum Disorder using the Child Behavior Checklist in Korea

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It is recommended to screen Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prior to in-depth evaluation because the diagnosis of ASD is an expensive, a time-consuming process, and requires highly trained professionals. The current study aimed to verify the utility of the Child Behavior Checklist(CBCL) in identifying school-aged children with ASD. The ASD scale developed by Ooi (2011) was examined with the existing syndrome scales in Korean samples of children with ASD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD), Intellectual Disability(ID),referred but undiagnosed and typically developing(TD) children. The results of MANOVA and the regression analysis revealed that the ASD group scored significantly higher than all the other groups on Thought Problems scale and the ASD scale, and that the ASD scale is superior to all other syndrome scales as a predictor of ASD samples across all comparison groups. These results suggest that the CBCL could be effective as a screening instrument for ASD in school-aged children.

Soo Jin Yoon : soojinyoon90@gmail.com

 

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