Assessing the Convergence of Self-Report and Informant Measures for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Sandercock, Rachel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
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  • Self-report measures are widely used for research and clinical assessment of adults with ASD, though there has been little research examining the convergence of self- and informant-report in this population. The present study examined agreement between reporters on measures of symptom severity, daily living skills, and quality of life, as well as predictive value of each reporter for independent living and employment outcomes. Results indicated no significant differences between caregiver and self-report ratings of symptom severity, though there were significant differences between reporters on ratings of daily living skills and quality of life. Despite discrepancies, caregiver and self-report scores were significantly positively correlated on all measures. Additionally, combining caregiver-report and self-report measures provided significantly higher predictive value of objective outcomes than did measures from a single reporter. These results indicate that self-report is valid for this population, but emphasizes the importance of a multi-informant approach in assessment and treatment planning.
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  • Klinger, Mark
  • Youngstrom, Eric
  • Klinger, Laura
  • Bardone-Cone, Anna
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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