ERIC Number: EJ1175326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
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Validating the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire as a Measure of Parent Perceptions of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mire, Sarah S.; Tolar, Tammy D.; Brewton, Christie M.; Raff, Natalie S.; McKee, Shannon L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n5 p1761-1779 May 2018
The illness perception questionnaire (IPQ) and its revision (IPQ-R) measure perceptions about health-related diagnoses and the influence of cognitions on coping. In this study, the factor structure of a version revised for use with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was investigated with a sample of parents (n = 361) whose children have ASD. Subsequently, multidimensional item response theory was used to evaluate item and subscale properties. Results indicated items from five of the seven IPQ-R-ASD scales loaded as expected, though subscales related to control were not distinct. Additionally, parents' response patterns were evaluated and discussed. Use of this measure in ASD-focused research may enhance understanding of how parents' cognitions of their child's ASD impacts treatment selection, treatment implementation, and overall family well-being.
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Parent Attitudes, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Attitude Measures, Coping, Factor Structure, Children, Item Response Theory, Intervention, Family Environment, Well Being, Test Validity
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