Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 49, Issue 12, pp 4941–4956 | Cite as

Validating the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised for Children in China Aged 3 to 8 with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Huizhong HeEmail author
  • Ningxiao Ye
  • Lixin Yi
  • Changjiang Yang
Brief Report


Research on the repetitive behavior of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has recently gained scholarly attention. Restricted and repetitive behavior (RRB) is a core ASD symptom of various patterns and high prevalence. The Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R) is a standard questionnaire used to assess RRB in individuals with ASD. This study collected data from 163 Chinese children aged 3–8 with ASD to analyze the validity and reliability of the RBS-R. Results showed that the original tested items were adaptable to the Chinese cultural environment when treating such disorders. A confirmatory factor analysis was applied to the structuring models, indicating that a 5-factor model was more suitable for evaluating RRB in this context.


Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R) Autism spectrum disorder Reliability Validity 



This research was supported by the Peak Discipline Construction Project of Education at East China Normal University, the Shanghai Office for Philosophy and Social Science (Grant No. 2018BYY017) and the Shanghai Major Innovation Project of Educational Science (Grant No. 2019-01-07-00-05-E00007) awarded to Huizhong He.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huizhong He
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ningxiao Ye
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lixin Yi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Changjiang Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Special Education, Faculty of EducationEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Autism Research CenterEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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