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Reliability and Validity Studies of the Adapted Autism Behaviour Checklist in Turkey

  • Onur Özdemir
  • Ibrahim Halil DikenEmail author
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Abstract

The present study aims to develop an assessment instrument for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Turkey based on the Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC). Validity and reliability studies of Adapted ABC (AABC) were conducted on 969 children with ASD and 164 children with intellectual disability from 21 cities in Turkey. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed a two-factor structure. The correlation of the AABC with the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-2-Turkish Version supported criterion-referenced validity. Reliability analyses demonstrated that test–retest, internal consistency, and item discrimination reliability levels met the required conditions. Finally, the score equivalents of the percentiles required to use the instrument in accordance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM V), were determined.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorders Screening and diagnostic instruments Validity and reliability analysis Turkey 

Notes

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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 included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

Author A declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author B declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Department of Special EducationMarmara UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Research Institute for Individuals with DisabilitiesAnadolu UniversityEskisehirTurkey

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