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Developmental Behavior Checklist – Autism Screening Algorithm (DBC-ASA)

The Developmental Behavior Checklist – Autism Screening Algorithm (DBC-ASA: Brereton, Tonge, Mckinnon, & Einfeld, 2002) is an autism screening instrument derived from the Developmental Checklist Parent/Primary Caregiver Report (DBC-P).

Overview

The DBC-ASA comprises 29 items from the original checklist and is intended for children and adolescents 4 to 18 years old.

Summary

Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
​Developmental Behavior Checklist – Autism Screening Algorithm (DBC-ASA) Brereton, Tonge, Mackinnon, & Einfeld (2002) 4-18

The DBC-ASA is a subset of items derived from the DBC-P (Developmental Checklist – Parent/Primary Caregiver Report)

Yields cutoff score

5–10 min.

N/A

Screening/Diagnosis: S

Availability: Monash University, http://bit.ly/1K5RTaG

Research

Author (yr) Sample Size Topic(s) Addressed Outcome
Brereton, Tonge, Mackinnon, & Einfeld (2002) 180 - Age Range: 4-18 years Discriminative validity

Sensitivity = 0.86 Specificity = 0.69

Author (yr) Sample Size Topic(s) Addressed Outcome
Witwer & Lecavalier (2007) 49 - Age Range: 8.3-10.2 years Discriminative validity Concurrent validity

r = correlation

Sensitivity = 0.94

Specificity = 0.46

(decreased when behavior problems present)

r = 0.53

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