Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, 36:343

The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ)—Adolescent Version

  • Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Rosa A. Hoekstra
  • Rebecca Knickmeyer
  • Sally Wheelwright
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0073-6

Cite this article as:
Baron-Cohen, S., Hoekstra, R.A., Knickmeyer, R. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2006) 36: 343. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0073-6

Abstract

The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) quantifies autistic traits in adults. This paper adapted the AQ for children (age 9.8–15.4 years). Three groups of participants were assessed: Group 1: n=52 adolescents with Asperger Syndrome (AS) or high-functioning autism (HFA); Group 2: n=79 adolescents with classic autism; and Group 3, n=50 controls. The adolescents with AS/HFA did not differ significantly from the adolescents with autism but both clinical groups scored higher than controls. Approximately 90% of the adolescents with AS/HFA and autism scored 30+, vs. none of the controls. Among the controls, boys scored higher than girls. The AQ can rapidly quantify where an adolescent is situated on the continuum from autism to normality.

Keywords

AQadolescentsscreeningautistic spectrumAsperger Syndrome

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Baron-Cohen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rosa A. Hoekstra
    • 1
  • Rebecca Knickmeyer
    • 1
  • Sally Wheelwright
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Autism Research CentreUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Autism Research CentreUniversity of CambridgeCambridge UK