The modified checklist for autism in Turkish toddlers: A different cultural adaptation sample


KONDOLOT M., ÖZMERT E. N. , ÖZTOP D. B. , MAZICIOĞLU M. M. , GÜMÜŞ H., ELMALI F.

RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, vol.21, pp.121-127, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.rasd.2015.10.006
  • Title of Journal : RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-127

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate adaptation of the modified checklist for autism in toddlers (M-CHAT) in a large community sample in Kayseri, a central Anatolian city in Turkey. The M-CHAT was administered to 2021 parents of healthy toddlers aged 18-30 months by a trained team by face-to-face interview at family health centers. Screen positive children and randomly selected screen negative children were evaluated by a child psychiatrist according to diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, text revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria and childhood autism rating scale (CARS). Screen positive children were re-evaluated at 3 years of age. The M-CHAT detected both cases of autism spectrum disorders that were diagnosed. Cronbach's alpha was found to be 0.84 for the 23 items and 0.79 for the 6 critical items. Although the M-CHAT originally was designed to be filled by the parents, this study showed that, in Turkey, the M-CHAT can be used as a screening tool by face-to-face interview method at well child visits. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.