ERIC Number: EJ951197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Development and Initial Validation of a Parent Report Measure of the Behavioral Development of Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Feldman, Maurice A.; Ward, Rebecca A.; Savona, Danielle; Regehr, Kaleigh; Parker, Kevin; Hudson, Melissa; Penning, Henderika; Holden, Jeanette J. A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n1 p13-22 Jan 2012
We developed and evaluated a new parent report instrument--Parent Observation of Early Markers Scale (POEMS)--to monitor the behavioral development of infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) because they have older affected siblings. Parents of 108 at-risk infants (74 males, 34 females) completed the POEMS from child age 1-24 months. The POEMS had acceptable psychometric properties and promising predictive validity. Most concerning items were social and communication deficits, and intolerance to waiting. Results provide preliminary evidence that prospective parent report measures can help to detect early ASD symptoms in infants at biological risk. We invite researchers to join us in multi-center studies of the POEMS.
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Siblings, Autism, Predictive Validity, Infants, Parent Attitudes, Psychometrics, Infant Behavior, At Risk Persons, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Communication Problems, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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