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ERIC Number: EJ851102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Usefulness of the DBC-ASA as a Screening Instrument for Autism in Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Pilot Study
Deb, Shoumitro; Dhaliwal, Akal-Joat; Roy, Meera
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n5 p498-501 Sep 2009
Aims: To explore the validity of Developmental Behaviour Checklist-Autism Screening Algorithm (DBC-ASA) as a screening instrument for autism among children with intellectual disabilities. Method: Data were collected from the case notes of 109 children with intellectual disabilities attending a specialist clinic in the UK. Results: The mean score of the DBC-ASA was significantly higher (t = 6.1; P less than 0.001) among children with autism compared with those without. The DBC-ASA score of 20 yielded a sensitivity of 0.9 and specificity of 0.6, and a score of 18 yielded a sensitivity of 0.92 and specificity of 0.5. The receiver-operating characteristic for the DBC-ASA score of 20 yielded a large area under the curve (AUC) (0.864) for children with intellectual disabilities when compared against the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Research Diagnostic Criteria (ICD10 DRC) diagnosis of autism. Conclusions: The DBC-ASA score may be able to discriminate between children with intellectual disabilities with and without autism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Developmental Behavior Checklist