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The criterion validity of the First Year Inventory and the Quantitative-CHecklist for Autism in Toddlers : a longitudinal study

  • Levante, Annalisa Department of History, Society, and Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy - Lab of Applied Psychology, Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
  • Petrocchi, Serena Lab of Applied Psychology, Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy - Institute of Communication and Health (ICH), Facoltà di comunicazione, cultura e società, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera
  • Lecciso, Flavia Department of History, Society, and Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy - Lab of Applied Psychology, Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
    13.10.2020
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  • Brain sciences. - 2020, vol. 10, no. 10, p. 22
English Pediatric surveillance through screening procedures is needed to detect warning signs of risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder under 24 months of age and to promote early diagnosis and treatment. The main purpose of this study is to extend the literature regarding the psychometric properties of two screening tools, the First Year Inventory (FYI) and the Quantitative- CHecklist for Autism in Toddler (Q-CHAT), testing their criterion validity. They were administered during a three-wave approach involving the general population. At T1, 657 children were tested with the FYI and 36 of them were found to be at risk. At T2, 545 were tested with the Q-CHAT and 29 of them were found to be at risk. At T3, 12 out of the 36 children with a high score on the FYI and 11 out of the 29 children with a high score on the Q-CHAT were compared to 15 typically developing children. The criterion validity was tested considering the severity of the autistic symptoms, emotional/behavioral problems, and limited global functioning as criteria. Accuracy parameters were also calculated. Furthermore, we investigated which dimension of each questionnaire better predicted the aforementioned criterion. The results corroborated the hypotheses and confirmed the criterion validity of FYI and Q-CHAT.
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