Reliability and validity of the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale modified for autism spectrum disorder.

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TitleReliability and validity of the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale modified for autism spectrum disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMaddox, BB, Lecavalier, L, Miller, JS, Pritchett, J, Hollway, J, White, SW, Gillespie, S, Evans, AN, Schultz, RT, Herrington, JD, Bearss, K, Scahill, L
JournalAutism
Volume24
Issue7
Pagination1773-1782
Date Published2020 10
ISSN1461-7005
Abstract

LAY ABSTRACT: Many youth with autism spectrum disorder have anxiety, but it can be difficult to assess anxiety with existing measures. We modified the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale for youth with autism spectrum disorder and tested the new measure in a group of 116 youth (age: 5-17 years) with autism spectrum disorder. The Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale for youth with autism spectrum disorder is an interview that a clinician usually completes with the child and parent together. We modified the interview questions and scoring instructions based on feedback from parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and from a panel of experts in autism spectrum disorder and anxiety. Unlike many other anxiety measures, the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale for youth with autism spectrum disorder relies less on a child's verbal expression of anxiety and more on signs that a parent can easily observe. Training clinicians to administer and score the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale for youth with autism spectrum disorder was uncomplicated, and raters showed excellent agreement on video-recorded interviews. Youth who were not currently in treatment for anxiety had stable Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale for youth with autism spectrum disorder scores with repeat measurement over a 1-month period. The Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale for youth with autism spectrum disorder is a useful clinician-rated measure of anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorder and fills a gap for assessing anxiety in this population.

DOI10.1177/1362361320922682
Alternate JournalAutism
PubMed ID32476441
PubMed Central IDPMC7541392
Grant ListF32 MH111166 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH099021 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States