Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 703–708

Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC) Correspondence and Conflicts with DSM-IV Criteria in Diagnosis of Autism

  • E. Rellini
  • D. Tortolani
  • S. Trillo
  • S. Carbone
  • F. Montecchi
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-004-5290-2

Cite this article as:
Rellini, E., Tortolani, D., Trillo, S. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2004) 34: 703. doi:10.1007/s10803-004-5290-2

Abstract

Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC) are tests widely used for screening and diagnosis of autism. This study verified their correspondence and conflict with a diagnosis made with DSM-IV criteria. The sample consisted of 65 children, aged 18 months to 11 years. We found complete agreement between DSM-IV and CARS. We show that ABC does not distinguish individuals with autistic disorders from other cases of developmental disorders as well as CARS: the number of false negatives is high (46%) with ABC as opposed to 0% with CARS.

Keywords

Autism diagnosis childhood autism rating scale autism behavior checklist DSM-IV 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Rellini
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. Tortolani
    • 1
  • S. Trillo
    • 1
  • S. Carbone
    • 1
  • F. Montecchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu′ di RomaItaly
  2. 2.Italy

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