Validation of a brief quantitative measure of autistic traits: Comparison of the social responsiveness scale with the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised

John N. Constantino, Sandra A. Davis, Richard D. Todd, Matthew K. Schindler, Maggie M. Gross, Susan L. Brophy, Lisa M. Metzger, Christiana S. Shoushtari, Reagan Splinter, Wendy Reich

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Abstract

Studies of the broader autism phenotype, and of subtle changes in autism symptoms over time, have been compromised by a lack of established quantitative assessment tools. The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS - formerly known as the Social Reciprocity Scale) is a new instrument that can be completed by parents and/or teachers in 15-20 minutes. We compared the SRS with the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) in 61 child psychiatric patients. Correlations between SRS scores and ADI-R algorithm scores for DSM-IV criterion sets were on the order of 0.7. SRS scores were unrelated to I.Q. and exhibited inter-rater reliability on the order of 0.8. The SRS is a valid quantitative measure of autistic traits, feasible for use in clinical settings and for large-scale research studies of autism spectrum conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-433
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

Keywords

  • ADI-R
  • PDD
  • Psychometrics
  • Social responsiveness scale

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