Date of Award

January 2012

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Myra Beth Bundy

Abstract

Autism is a neurobiological disorder that is diagnosed through careful behavioral assessment in early childhood. Appropriate measurement of autism is essential for determining appropriate intervention strategies. Whereas, there are only a limited autism measures available for use in China. For this reason, valid and reliable measures of autism for use with Chinese speaking individuals are of critical importance. The purpose of the present study is to begin the process of developing two measures of autism for use with Chinese speaking individuals.

The development of the measures of autism with Chinese speaking population was started by translating the Questionnaire for Parents or Caregivers of Childhood Autism Rating Scale - Second Edition (CARS2-QPC) and the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-Second Edition (GARS-2) into Chinese. The translated versions then were given to a group of 20 Chinese Immigrants. The individual scores were examined to see the relationship between the English version and the Chinese version. The individual scores on the Chinese version and the English version of the CARS2-QPC and the GARS-2 correlated highly and significantly. Therefore, this study provided initial support for these Chinese versions of the CARS2-QPC and the GARS-2. Limitations and recommendations for future research were also discussed.

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