Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 10, pp 1285–1290

Brief Report: Telephone Administration of the Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised: Reliability and Suitability for Use in Research

Authors

  • Jessica Ward-King
    • Department of PsychiatryQueen’s University
    • Autism Spectrum DisordersCanadian-American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC)
  • Ira L. Cohen
    • Department of PsychologyNYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
    • Autism Spectrum DisordersCanadian-American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC)
  • Henderika Penning
    • Department of PsychiatryQueen’s University
    • Autism Spectrum DisordersCanadian-American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC)
    • Department of PsychiatryQueen’s University
    • Department of PhysiologyQueen’s University
    • Genetics and Genomics Research Laboratory
    • Autism Spectrum DisordersCanadian-American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC)
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-010-0987-x

Cite this article as:
Ward-King, J., Cohen, I.L., Penning, H. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2010) 40: 1285. doi:10.1007/s10803-010-0987-x

Abstract

The Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised is one of the “gold standard” diagnostic tools for autism spectrum disorders. It is traditionally administered face-to-face. Cost and geographical concerns constrain the employment of the ADI-R for large-scale research projects. The telephone interview is a reasonable alternative, but has not yet been examined for reliability with face-to-face administration. In this study, participants were interviewed both face-to-face and on the telephone using the complete ADI-R interview. Results indicate that there was no significant difference between the algorithm scores or the diagnoses arrived at for face-to-face and telephone administrations. Reliability statistics across the two modalities were very good and indicate that telephone interviews using the ADI-R are a viable option for researchers.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disordersAutism diagnostic interview—revisedTelephone interviewReliability

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