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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 12/2019

30-08-2019 | Original Paper

Factor Structure of the Social Communication Questionnaire in Preschool Aged Autistic Children

Auteurs: Rachel Grove, Jessica Paynter, Annette Joosten, Giacomo Vivanti, Cheryl Dissanayake, Valsamma Eapen

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 12/2019

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Abstract

Objectives

The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) is a common screening tool for autism spectrum disorder. Given its wide use, as well as recent changes to diagnostic criteria for autism, there is a need to evaluate whether the SCQ maps onto the social communication and interaction, and repetitive behaviour and restricted interests domains specified in the revised criteria in DSM-5.

Methods

Participants included 294 preschool aged autistic children. Confirmatory factor analysis was implemented to evaluate the factor structure of the SCQ.

Results

None of the models evaluated provided an adequate fit to the data. However, the best fitting model mapped onto the previous DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for autism.

Conclusions

The SCQ does not align with the new DSM-5 domains. More research is needed to evaluate the factor structure of the SCQ in different populations of autistic children in order to determine its current validity as a screening tool.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Factor Structure of the Social Communication Questionnaire in Preschool Aged Autistic Children
Auteurs
Rachel Grove
Jessica Paynter
Annette Joosten
Giacomo Vivanti
Cheryl Dissanayake
Valsamma Eapen
Publicatiedatum
30-08-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 12/2019
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01519-0

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