Development of the Observation Schedule for Children with Autism-Anxiety, Behaviour and Parenting (OSCA-ABP): A New Measure of Child and Parenting Behavior for Use with Young Autistic Children.


Co-occurring emotional and behavioral problems (EBPs) frequently exist in young autistic children. There is evidence based on parental report that parenting interventions reduce child EBPs. More objective measures of child EBPs should supplement parent reported outcomes in trials. We describe the development of a new measure of child and parenting behavior, the Observation Schedule for Children with Autism-Anxiety, Behaviour and Parenting (OSCA-ABP). Participants were 83 parents/carers and their 4-8-year-old autistic children. The measure demonstrated good variance and potential sensitivity to change. Child and parenting behavior were reliably coded among verbal and minimally verbal children. Associations between reports from other informants and observed behavior showed the measure had sufficient convergent validity. The measure has promise to contribute to research and clinical practice in autism mental health beyond objective measurement in trials.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism,Child emotional and behavioral problems,Measurement,Observation,Parenting,Parents/psychology,Autistic Disorder/diagnosis,Humans,Child, Preschool,Male,Caregivers/psychology,Emotions,Feasibility Studies,Parenting/psychology,Problem Behavior/psychology,Pilot Projects,Anxiety/diagnosis,Female,Behavior Observation Techniques/methods,Child,Developmental and Educational Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1573-3432
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 15:23
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-01
Published Online Date: 2020-04-30
Accepted Date: 2020-04-01
Authors: Palmer, Melanie
Paris Perez, Juan
Tarver, Joanne (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0555-6043)
Cawthorne, Thomas
Frayne, Margot
Baker, Eleanor
Yorke, Isabel
Hay, Dale
Slonims, Vicky
Pickles, Andrew
Simonoff, Emily
Scott, Stephen
Charman, Tony



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