Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 639–652

A structured parent interview for identifying young children with autism

  • Wendy L. Stone
  • Kerry L. Hogan

DOI: 10.1007/BF01046106

Cite this article as:
Stone, W.L. & Hogan, K.L. J Autism Dev Disord (1993) 23: 639. doi:10.1007/BF01046106


This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Parent Interview for Autism (PIA), a structured interview for gathering diagnostic information from parents of young children with autism. Internal consistency was evaluated in a sample of 165 children under 6 years old, and test-retest reliability and construct validity were evaluated in subsamples of the original group. Results revealed internal consistency and test-retest reliability above. 60 for 9 of the 11 dimensions constituting the PIA, as well as significant correlations between the PIA and other measures of autism. Six of the PIA dimensions differentiated a group of young children with autism from a developmentally comparable group with mental retardation. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy L. Stone
    • 1
  • Kerry L. Hogan
    • 1
  1. 1.Vanderbilt University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Child Development CenterVanderbilt University Medical Center SouthNashville