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Child Behavior Checklist Behavioral Profiles of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Title: Child Behavior Checklist Behavioral Profiles of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Name(s): Giovingo, Lauren Kathleen, author
Proctor, Briley E., professor directing dissertation
Wetherby, Amy M., outside committee member
Prevatt, Frances E., committee member
Rollin, Stephen A., committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Behavior checklists have been utilized by psychologists since the early 1900's and continue to play integral roles in the screening and monitoring of behavior based disorders (Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001). The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment - Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) is one of the few widely used broad-based behavior rating scales that have excellent psychometric properties (Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001). Recent research has focused on the CBCL's ability to screen for behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD; Bolte, Dickhunt, & Poustka., 1999; Duarte, Bordin, Oliveira, & Bird, 2003; Rescorla, 1988, Sikora, et al, 2008). A combination of increasing rates of ASD and the need for earlier identification has created an urgency to find broadband screening tools that identify accurately this group of individuals since ASD-specific screening tools are not readily available. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if patterns of normative strengths and weaknesses on the subscales of the CBCL are similar for individuals with ASD, nonASD controls, and those clinic-referred for behavior disorders. Profile analysis was used to compare the behaviors of (a) individuals with ASD to their normal controls, and (b) individuals with ASD to individuals clinic-referred for behavior difficulties. Results revealed that individuals with ASD displayed significantly higher scores on seven out of the eight CBCL subscales when compared to their nonASD controls. When compared to individuals clinic-referred for behavior difficulties, the ASD group displayed significantly higher scores on two of the CBCL areas. These findings support the use of the CBCL as a screening tool. Implications and conclusions are discussed and areas for future research are provided.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4275 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: November 21, 2008.
Keywords: Behavior Profiles, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, CBCL, Child Behavior Checklist
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Briley E. Proctor, Professor Directing Dissertation; Amy M. Wetherby, Outside Committee Member; Frances E. Prevatt, Committee Member; Stephen A. Rollin, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Giovingo, L. K. (2009). Child Behavior Checklist Behavioral Profiles of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Retrieved from