Construct Validity of the Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF:SC) Across Childhood and Adolescence

Diana Tajik-Parvinchi, Peter Rosenbaum, Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, Eric Duku, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Caroline Roncadin, Stelios Georgiades, Stephen Gentles, Hanna Fang, Briano Di Rezze

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Abstract

This study examined the construct validity of the Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF). Participants included 145 parents of children with autism (2–19 years). The degree of convergent and discriminant validity between parent reported ACSF and subscales from Social Responsiveness Scale 2nd edition and Behavior Assessment System for Children, 3rd Edition were examined against a priori hypotheses. We examined construct validity in the entire sample as well as in specific age cohorts. Our findings suggest that ACSF can provide a valid classification system of social communication ability in children with autism 2–19 years of age, and its two subscales may be used to examine different aspects of social communication ability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding support was provided by the Hamilton Health Sciences New Investigator Fund 2019 (to BDR), Hamilton Health Sciences Early Career Award 2018–2020 (to BDR), and Hamilton Academic Health Sciences Organization 2018–2020 (to PR and BDR).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Children
  • Social Communication
  • Social Skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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