Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 47, Issue 10, pp 3040–3048 | Cite as

Quantitative Aspects of Communicative Impairment Ascertained in a Large National Survey of Japanese Children

  • Manabu Oi
  • Hiroshi Fujino
  • Naotake Tsukidate
  • Yoko Kamio
  • Yuko Yoshimura
  • Mitsuru Kikuchi
  • Chiaki Hasegawa
  • Keiko Gondou
  • Tomoko Matsui
Original Paper

Abstract

The Japanese version of the Children’s Communication Checklist-2 (CCC-2) was rated by caregivers in a large national population sample of 22,871 children aged 3–15 years. The General Communication Composite (GCC) of the CCC-2 exhibited a distribution with a single-factor structure. The GCC distribution between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and language impairment (LI) groups in the general population fit inside a bell curve with significant overlap with the general population, and a continuum was evident between groups. No evidence of a natural cutoff that would differentiate categorically affected from unaffected children was seen. The Social Interaction Deviance Composite (SIDC) supported the notion that ASD and LI are on the opposite endpoints of a SIDC continuum of communication impairment.

Keywords

Autism Language impairment Communication Checklist 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Graduate School of Child DevelopmentKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationTokyo Gakugei UniversityKoganeiJapan
  3. 3.Department of HumanitiesYamanshi Eiwa CollegeKofuJapan
  4. 4.Department of Child and Adolescent Mental HealthNational Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and PsychiatryKodairaJapan
  5. 5.Research Center for Child Mental DevelopmentKanazawaJapan
  6. 6.Department of Child Studies, Faculty of Home EconomicsKyoritsu Women’s UniversityChiyodaJapan
  7. 7.Center for Research in International EducationTokyo Gakugei UniversityKoganeiJapan

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