Systematic Review of the Measurement Properties of Tools Used to Measure Behaviour Problems in Young Children with Autism

Jennifer Hanratty, Nuala Livingstone, Shannon Robalino, Caroline B Terwee, Magdalena Glod, Inalegwu P Oono, Jacqui Rodgers, Geraldine Macdonald, Helen McConachie

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    Abstract

    Background
    Behaviour problems are common in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are many different tools used to measure behavior problems but little is known about their validity for the population.

    Objectives
    To evaluate the measurement properties of behaviour problems tools used in evaluation of intervention or observational research studies with children with ASD up to the age of six years.

    Methods
    Behaviour measurement tools were identified as part of a larger, two stage, systematic review. First, sixteen major electronic databases, as well as grey literature and research registers were searched, and tools used listed and categorized. Second, using methodological filters, we searched for articles examining the measurement properties of the tools in use with young children with ASD in ERIC, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO. The quality of these papers was then evaluated using the COSMIN checklist.

    Results
    We identified twelve tools which had been used to measure behaviour problems in young children with ASD, and fifteen studies which investigated the measurement properties of six of these tools. There was no evidence available for the remaining six tools. Two questionnaires were found to be the most robust in their measurement properties, the Child Behavior Checklist and the Home Situations Questionnaire—Pervasive Developmental Disorders version.

    Conclusions
    We found patchy evidence on reliability and validity, for only a few of the tools used to measure behaviour problems in young children with ASD. More systematic research is required on measurement properties of tools for use in this population, in particular to establish responsiveness to change which is essential in measurement of outcomes of intervention.

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    CRD42012002223
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere0144649
    Number of pages21
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Volume10
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

    Keywords

    • AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
    • Behaviour Problems
    • Systematic Review
    • Children
    • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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    Hanratty, J., Livingstone, N., Robalino, S., Terwee, C. B., Glod, M., Oono, I. P., Rodgers, J., Macdonald, G., & McConachie, H. (2015). Systematic Review of the Measurement Properties of Tools Used to Measure Behaviour Problems in Young Children with Autism. PLoS ONE, 10(12), [e0144649]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0144649