The structure of autism symptoms as measured by the autism diagnostic observation schedule

Megan Norris, Luc Lecavalier, Michael C. Edwards

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Abstract

The current study tested several competing models of the autism phenotype using data from modules 1 and 3 of the ADOS. Participants included individuals with ASDs aged 3-18 years (N = 1,409) from the AGRE database. Confirmatory factor analyses were performed on total samples and subsamples based on age and level of functioning. Three primary models were tested, including a one-factor model, the DSM-IV model, and the anticipated DSM-V model. Results indicated all models fit similarly. Module 1 ratings yielded better indices of fit across all models and higher inter-factor correlations than Model 3. Model fits were impacted by age and level of functioning. The lack of differentiation between models suggests that the structure of ASD symptoms is complex to measure statistically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1086
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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