The Autism-Tics, AD/HD and other Comorbidities (A-TAC) telephone interview: Convergence with the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL).

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Objective: To compare telephone interview screening for child psychiatric/neuropsychiatric disorders using the inventory of Autism-Tics, Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and other Comorbidities (A-TAC) with results from the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). Background: The A-TAC is a parent telephone interview focusing on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and co-existing problems, developed for lay interviewers. Subjects and methods: A-TAC telephone interviews and CBCL questionnaires were obtained from parents of 106 Swedish twin pairs aged 9 and 12 years. Results: Correlations between A-TAC modules and CBCL scales aimed at measuring similar concepts were generally significant albeit modest, with correlation coefficients ranging from 0.30 through 0.55. Conclusion: The A-TAC has convergent validity with the CBCL in several problem areas, but the A-TAC also provides more detailed and specific assessments of ASD symptoms and related neuropsychiatric problems.


  • Sara Lina Hansson
  • Tomas Larson
  • Ola Ståhlberg
  • Eva Carlström
  • Carina Gillberg
  • Henrik Anckarsäter
  • Maria Råstam
  • Paul Lichtenstein
  • Christopher Gillberg
Research areas and keywords

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  • Psychiatry


  • Child psychiatry, Screening, AD/HD, Autism, Validity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-224
JournalNordic Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

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