Predictors of Parent–Teacher Agreement in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Typically Developing Siblings
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This study evaluated the magnitude of informant agreement and predictors of agreement on behavior and emotional problems and autism symptoms in 403 children with autism and their typically developing siblings. Parent-teacher agreement was investigated on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS). Agreement between parents and teachers fell in the low to moderate range. Multiple demographic and clinical variables were considered as predictors, and only some measures of parent broad autism traits were associated with informant agreement. Parent report on the SRS was a positive predictor of agreement, while teacher report was a negative predictor. Parent report on the CBCL emerged as a positive predictor of agreement, while teacher report emerged as a negative predictor.
KeywordsInformant agreement Autism spectrum disorder Emotional and behavioral problems Autism symptoms
The authors would like to thank Drs. Theodore Beauchaine, Michael Vasey, and Andrea Witwer for their feedback and helpful comments related to this project. The authors also thank the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) and the families that participated in the SSC research.
ES and LL conceived the study, participated in the interpretation of the data, and drafted the manuscript; ES performed the statistical analyses. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants who were included in the Simons database.
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