A Combined Study on the Use of the Child Behavior Checklist 1½-5 for Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorders at 18 Months

J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Nov;51(11):3829-3842. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04838-0. Epub 2021 Jan 4.


The capacity of the Child Behavior Checklist 1½-5 (CBCL 1½-5) to identify children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at 18 months was tested on 37 children clinically referred for ASD and 46 children at elevated likelihood of developing ASD due to having an affected brother/sister. At 30 months the clinically referred children all received a confirmatory diagnosis, and 10 out of 46 siblings received a diagnosis of ASD. CBCL 1½-5 profiles were compared with a group of matched children with typical development (effect of cognitive level controlled for). The capacity of the CBCL 1½-5 DSM Oriented-Pervasive Developmental Problems scale to differentiate correctly between children diagnosed with ASD and children with typical development appeared dependent on group ascertainment methodology.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder screening; Baby sibling paradigm; CBCL 1½-5; Familial high-risk.

MeSH terms

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Checklist
  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Siblings