Validation of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory in an Italian Population with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Cross-Sectional Study

doi: 10.7417/CT.2019.2176

  • M. Tofani Neurorehabilitation Unit, Department of Neurosciences and Neurorehabilitation, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital
  • G. Galeoto Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome
  • D. Cazzetta Sapienza University of Rome
  • A. Berardi Sapienza University of Rome
  • J. Sansoni Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome
  • D. Valente Department of Human Neurosciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Abstract

Objective
To measure psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI-I) in a population with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Methods
The PEDI-I was administered to different children with ASD. The internal consistency was examined by using Cronbach’s Alpha, while the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was used to investigate both inter-observer and intra-observer reproducibility. Its concurrent validity was evaluated with the Italian version of the Barthel Index.


Results
The PEDI-I was administered to 60 children with a diagnosis of ASD. Cronbach’s Alpha showed statistically significant values (.885-.965). Inter-observer and intra-observer investigations confirm the reproducibility of the scale with a range of high and very high parameters. The Pearson Correlation Coefficient with the Barthel Index showed significant data for all PEDI-I subscales with a p<0.01.


Conclusions
The PEDI-I showed good psychometric properties and it is possible to confirm its validity and reliability in ASD population. However, for better understanding of how PEDI-I works in clinical practice, further researches are recommended

Published
2019-11-06
How to Cite
TOFANI, M. et al. Validation of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory in an Italian Population with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Cross-Sectional Study. La Clinica Terapeutica, [S.l.], v. 170, n. 6, p. e460 - e464, nov. 2019. ISSN 1972-6007. Available at: <http://www.clinicaterapeutica.it/ojs/index.php/ClinicaTerapeutica/article/view/527>. Date accessed: 15 nov. 2019.