We examined the correlation between interviewer-administered Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale II (VABS-II) and the parent-rated Adaptive Behavior Assessment System II (ABAS-II) questionnaire in 352 participants (ages 1.5–20.8 years) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to determine if ABAS could be used as a screen to reduce the number of VABS interviews. Corresponding domain scores between the two measures were highly correlated but scores were significantly lower on the ABAS-II. Screening with ABAS-II significantly reduced the number of VABS-II interviews required with little cost to overall accuracy. The ABAS-II provides a cost- and time-saving alternative to the VABS-II to rule out functional impairment; however, scores are not strictly comparable between the two measures.
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This research was supported by the grant IDS-I l-02 (Anagnostou, Lerch) from the Ontario Brain Institute. We thank all staff involved in data collection and families for volunteering their time and effort.
AD, MM, RS and JC to the study conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and analysis were performed by all authors. The first draft of the manuscript was written by AD and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
This research was supported by the grant IDS-I l-02 (Anagnostou, Lerch) from the Ontario Brain Institute.
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RS is the TD Bank Group Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, owns equity in Ehave, and has consulted for Highland Therapeutics, Purdue Pharma, E Lilly Corp and Ehave. EA has received consultation fees from ROCHe and Quadrant, royalties from APPI and Springer, research funding from ROCHe, in kind supports from AMO Pharma, and editorial honoraria from Wiley. EA holds a provisional patent for the device, “Anxiety Meter”. RN has received grant funding from Hoffman-La Roche Limited. All other authors no conflicts to declare.
All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, McMaster’s Children’s Hospital, and the Lawson Health Research Institute, as well as the National Council on Ethics in Human Research and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments. This study was approved by the Research Ethics Board of each institution: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, McMaster’s Children’s Hospital, and the Lawson Health Research Institute.
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Dupuis, A., Moon, M.J., Brian, J. et al. Concurrent Validity of the ABAS-II Questionnaire with the Vineland II Interview for Adaptive Behavior in a Pediatric ASD Sample: High Correspondence Despite Systematically Lower Scores. J Autism Dev Disord 51, 1417–1427 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04597-y
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Adaptive behaviors