Using Carey Temperament Scales to Assess Behavioral Style in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Abstract

Many researchers have suggested that temperament information could be useful for understanding the behavioral variability within the autism spectrum. The purpose of this brief report is to examine temperament profiles of 110 children with ASD (ages 3–8 years, 61 with Autistic Disorder, 42 with PDD-NOS; and 7 with Asperger Disorder) via a commonly used parent report measure of child temperament. Internal consistency of temperament dimensions, test–retest reliability, descriptions of means and standard deviations are examined, relative to previously published norms. Internal consistency of the dimensions and test–retest reliability were comparable to published norms; however, children with autism were rated as presenting with more extreme scores than typically-developing children on several dimensions. Limitations and implications for future work are discussed.

Keywords

Temperament Behavioral variability Assessment Autism 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This project was supported in part by NIMH #MH50620 (Stone), the Merck Dissertation Scholars Program (Hepburn) and the Collaborative Programs for Excellence in Autism Research funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Development (#HD35468). The authors express their gratitude to the following people who contributed to this endeavor: Barbara Hepburn,William MacLean, Steven Warren, Linda Ashford, Bahr Weiss, Bob Newbrough.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenverUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt Children's HospitalNashvilleUSA

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