Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 47, Issue 8, pp 2575–2585 | Cite as

Predictors of Parent–Teacher Agreement in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Typically Developing Siblings

Original Paper


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.


Informant 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.

Author contributions

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.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

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

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants who were included in the Simons database.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Nisonger CenterThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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