The Autism Spectrum Quotient: Children's Version (AQ-Child)

Bonnie Auyeung*, Simon Baron-Cohen, Sally Wheelwright, Carrie Allison

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Abstract

The Autism Spectrum Quotient-Children's Version (AQ-Child) is a parent-report questionnaire that aims to quantify autistic traits in children 4-11 years old. The range of scores on the AQ-Child is 0-150. It was administered to children with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) (n = 540) and a general population sample (n = 1,225). Results showed a significant difference in scores between those with an ASC diagnosis and the general population. Receiver-operating-characteristic analyses showed that using a cut-off score of 76, the AQ-Child has high sensitivity (95%) and specificity (95%). The AQ-Child showed good test-retest reliability and high internal consistency. Factor analysis provided support for four of the five AQ-Child design subscales. Future studies should evaluate how the AQ-C performs in population screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1230-1240
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

Keywords

  • PHENOTYPE
  • PARENTS
  • PERSONALITY
  • ASPERGER
  • Autism Spectrum Quotient-Children's Version
  • sex differences
  • DISORDERS
  • Autism

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