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ERIC Number: EJ950658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Assessing Expressed Emotion in Mothers of Children with Autism: The Autism-Specific Five Minute Speech Sample
Benson, Paul R.; Daley, Dave; Karlof, Kristie L.; Robison, Dorothy
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v15 n1 p65-82 Jan 2011
Background: Expressed emotion (EE) is a measure of family emotional climate found to be predictive of symptom levels in a range of psychiatric, medical, and developmental disorders, including autism. Method: Employing data from 104 mothers of children with autism, this study examines the Autism-Specific Five Minute Speech Sample (AFMSS), a modified EE coding system based on the widely used Five Minute Speech Sample (Magana et al., 1986). Findings: With the exception of one EE component, emotional over-involvement, the revised coding system demonstrated adequate internal consistency and good to excellent inter-rater and code-recode reliability. It also demonstrated acceptable validity, based on its significant correlations with factors linked to EE in previous research. Regression analyses also indicated AFMSS-EE to be a significant predictor of child social competence, but not child problem behaviors. Discussion: While further testing is required, the AFMSS appears to be a useful method of assessing EE within the context of parenting children with autism and related disorders. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Adaptability Cohesion Evaluation Scales; Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale