There are concerns that females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be under-identified because of factors such as better camouflaging and poorer recognition of the signs of ASD in females. One stage at which females may be under-identified is during screening. In this study we, therefore, evaluated whether the AQ-10, a brief recommended screening instrument for ASD in adults suspected of having ASD, showed any evidence of under-estimating symptoms in females. Our results broadly replicate those of an earlier study in finding no strong evidence that the AQ-10 is biased against females. However, to achieve better performance in females we suggest that one item be replaced with an item measuring more ‘female’ manifestations of ASD.
|Early online date||28 Sep 2017|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 28 Sep 2017|
- autism screening
- sex bias
- female autism