Comorbid psychiatric disorders in children with autism: Interview development and rates of disorders

Ovsanna T. Leyfer, Susan E. Folstein, Susan Bacalman, Naomi O. Davis, Elena Dinh, Jubel Morgan, Helen Tager-Flusberg, Janet E. Lainhart

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Abstract

The Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia was modified for use in children and adolescents with autism by developing additional screening questions and coding options that reflect the presentation of psychiatric disorders in autism spectrum disorders. The modified instrument, the Autism Comorbidity Interview-Present and Lifetime Version (ACI-PL), was piloted and frequently diagnosed disorders, depression, ADHD, and OCD, were tested for reliability and validity. The ACI-PL provides reliable DSM diagnoses that are valid based on clinical psychiatric diagnosis and treatment history. The sample demonstrated a high prevalence of specific phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ADHD. The rates of psychiatric disorder in autism are high and are associated with functional impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-861
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • Comorbidity
  • Psychiatric interview
  • Psychopathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Leyfer, O. T., Folstein, S. E., Bacalman, S., Davis, N. O., Dinh, E., Morgan, J., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Lainhart, J. E. (2006). Comorbid psychiatric disorders in children with autism: Interview development and rates of disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(7), 849-861. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0123-0