ERIC Number: EJ1023389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Assessment of Global Functioning in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Utility of the Developmental Disability-Child Global Assessment Scale
White, Susan W.; Smith, Laura A.; Schry, Amie R.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v18 n4 p362-369 May 2014
Assessment of global functioning is an important consideration in treatment outcome research; yet, there is little guidance on its evidence-based assessment for children with autism spectrum disorders. This study investigated the utility and validity of clinician-rated global functioning using the Developmental Disability-Child Global Assessment Scale in a sample of higher functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and comorbid anxiety disorders enrolled in a randomized controlled trial ("n" = 30). Pretreatment Developmental Disability-Child Global Assessment Scale scores correlated with severity of autism spectrum disorders core symptoms ("r" = -0.388, "p" = 0.034), pragmatic communication ("r" = 0.407, "p" = 0.032), and verbal ability ("r" = 0.449, "p" = 0.013) and did not correlate with severity of anxiety symptoms or with parent-reported adaptive behavior. Change in Developmental Disability-Child Global Assessment Scale scores during treatment was associated with autism spectrum disorders symptomatic improvement ("r" = 0.414, "p" = 0.040) and with improved general communication ("r" = 0.499, "p" = 0.013). Results support the importance of assessing global functioning in addition to symptom change and treatment response in clinical trials.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Measures (Individuals), Test Validity, Adolescents, Comorbidity, Anxiety Disorders, Scores, Correlation, Severity (of Disability), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Communication Skills, Verbal Ability, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Aberrant Behavior Checklist; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales