ERIC Number: EJ1115308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
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Parent-Reported Repetitive Behavior in Toddlers on the Autism Spectrum
Schertz, Hannah H.; Odom, Samuel L.; Baggett, Kathleen M.; Sideris, John H.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n10 p3308-3316 Oct 2016
Toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were assessed on the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R), which we found to have acceptable internal consistency. Stereotypical subscale scores showed a negligible association with cognitive level, but correlated more strongly with adaptive and social indicators. Relative to earlier reported RBS-R scores for older age groups, toddlers' scores trended toward higher stereotyped behavior and lower ritualistic/sameness behavior. Our findings on associations with developmental indicators align with those of researchers who used more resource-intensive repetitive behavior measures. The convergence of these findings with those derived from other measurement methods suggests that the RBS-R, a cost effective parent-report measure, is a viable means of assessing repetitive behavior in toddlers with autism.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Behavior Problems, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cost Effectiveness, Toddlers, Stereotypes, Correlation, Evaluation Methods, Scores, Social Behavior, Emotional Adjustment
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