Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Autism Behavior Inventory (ABI)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102307-1



The ABI is a parent- or caregiver-reported outcome measure that was developed to assess change in core and associated symptoms of ASD. The scale consists of 62 items covering 5 domains of behavior. The two core ASD domains are Social Communication (comprised of Reciprocity and Verbal and Nonverbal communication subdomains) and Restrictive Behavior (comprised of Resistance to Change, Restricted Interests, Stereotypical Behavior, Hypersensitivity subdomains). In addition, three associated domains of Mood and Anxiety, Self-Regulation, and Challenging Behavior represent behaviors that are not part of the ASD diagnosis but commonly occur in individuals with ASD and inform clinical consideration. Caregivers endorse items on a 4-point scale relating either to Quality (how well behaviors are carried out) or Frequency (how oftena behavior occurs), over the past 7 days. A shorter...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeuroscienceJanssen Research and Development, LLCTitusvilleUSA