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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 8, pp 1598–1604 | Cite as

Brief Report: Reliability and Validity of the Shared Activities Questionnaire as a Measure of Middle School Students’ Attitudes toward Autism

  • Jonathan M. Campbell
Brief Report

Abstract

The Shared Activities Questionnaire (SAQ) is a self-report measure of children’s behavioral intentions towards peers with disabilities. The SAQ has been validated as a measure of elementary school students’ attitudes towards peers with disabilities. In the present study, psychometric properties of the SAQ as a measure of middle school students’ attitudes toward autism were examined in a sample of 1,007 students (M age = 12.95 years). Confirmatory factor analysis supported the three-factor structure found for elementary school students. Internal consistency reliability was excellent. Criterion-related validity was established by demonstrating strong and positive relationships with a measure of cognitive attitudes. The SAQ is a reliable and valid measure of middle school students’ behavioral intentions towards autism.

Keywords

Autism Peers Attitudes Validity Measurement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional TechnologyThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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