The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ)—Adolescent Version
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.
KeywordsAQ adolescents screening autistic spectrum Asperger Syndrome
The authors were supported by a grant from the MRC and the Lurie-Marks Foundation, during the period of this work. Rosa Hoekstra was supported by a grant from the HsN Hersenstichting Nederland, the Bekker-La Bastide Fund and the Schuurman Schimmel van Outeren Foundation.
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