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A comparison of functional behaviour assessment rating scales in a sample of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders

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dc.contributor.author Maire, Lisa K.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-27T14:16:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-27T14:16:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3070
dc.description.abstract This study sought to compare the results of the Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS; Durand & Crimmins, 1988), Questions About Behavior Function Scale (QABF; Matson & Vollmer, 1996) and Functional Analysis Screening Tool (FAST; Iwata & Deleon, 1996), when completed by parent informants in a sample of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who display challenging behaviour. Results indicated that there was low agreement between the functional hypotheses derived from each of three measures. In addition, correlations between functionally analogous scales were substantially lower than expected, while correlations between non-analogous subscales were stronger than anticipated. As indicated by this study, clinicians choosing to use FBA questionnaires to assess behavioural function, may not obtain accurate functional hypotheses, potentially resulting in ineffective intervention plans. The current study underscores the caution that must be taken when asking parents to complete these questionnaires to determine the function(s) of challenging behaviour for children/youth with ASD. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Autism spectrum disorders en_US
dc.subject Autistic children -- Treatment en_US
dc.subject Autistic youth -- Treatment en_US
dc.title A comparison of functional behaviour assessment rating scales in a sample of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Applied Disability Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Center for Applied Disability Studies en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Social Sciences en_US


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