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Psychiatric telephone interview with parents for screening of childhood autism – tics, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other comorbidities (A-TAC): Preliminary reliability and validity

  • Sara Lina Hansson (a1), Annika Svanströmröjvall (a2), Maria Rastam (a3), Carina Gillberg (a3), Christopher Gillberg (a3) and Henrik Anckarsäter (a3)...
Abstract
Background

Reliable, valid and easily administered screening instruments would greatly facilitate large-scale neuropsychiatric research.

Aims

To test a parent telephone interview focused on autism-tics, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other comorbidities (A-TAC).

Method

Parents of 84 children in contact with a child neuropsychiatric clinic and 27 control children were interviewed. Validity and interrater and test–retest reliability were assessed.

Results

Interrater and test–retest reliability were very good. Areas under receiver operating characteristics curves between interview scores and clinical diagnoses were around 0. 90 for ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders, and above 0. 70 for tics, learning disorders and developmental coordination disorder. Using optimal cut-off scores for autistic spectrum disorder and ADHD, good to excellent kappa levels for interviews and clinical diagnoses were noted.

Conclusions

The A–TAC appears to be a reliable and valid instrument for identifying autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD, tics, learning disorders and developmental coordination disorder.

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Henrik Anckarsäter, Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, University Hospital of Malmö, Sege Park, 8A, S-205 02 Malmö, Sweden. Tel: +46 40 334031; fax: +46 40 334127; e-mail: henrik.anckarsater@skane.se
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Psychiatric telephone interview with parents for screening of childhood autism – tics, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other comorbidities (A-TAC): Preliminary reliability and validity

  • Sara Lina Hansson (a1), Annika Svanströmröjvall (a2), Maria Rastam (a3), Carina Gillberg (a3), Christopher Gillberg (a3) and Henrik Anckarsäter (a3)...
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