Factor analysis of the aberrant behavior checklist in individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Jason Brinkley, Laura Nations, Ruth K. Abramson, Alicia Hall, Harry H. Wright, Robin Gabriels, John R. Gilbert, Margaret A.O. Pericak-Vance, Michael L. Cuccaro

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Exploratory factor analysis (varimax and promax rotations) of the aberrant behavior checklist-community version (ABC) in 275 individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) identified four- and five-factor solutions which accounted for >70% of the variance. Confirmatory factor analysis (Lisrel 8.7) revealed indices of moderate fit for the five-factor solution. Our results suggest that the factor structure of the ABC is robust within an ASD sample. Both solutions yielded a three items self-injury factor. Stratifying on this factor, we identified significant differences between the high- and low-self injury groups on ABC subscales. The emergence of a self-injury factor, while not suggestive of a new subscale, warrants further exploration as a tool that could help dissect relevant neurobiobehavioral groups in ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1949-1959
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Aberrant Behavior Checklist
  • Autism
  • Irritability
  • Self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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