Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 1230–1240

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

  • Bonnie Auyeung
  • Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Sally Wheelwright
  • Carrie Allison
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-007-0504-z

Cite this article as:
Auyeung, B., Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2008) 38: 1230. doi:10.1007/s10803-007-0504-z

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.

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Quotient—Children’s Version Autism Sex differences 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonnie Auyeung
    • 1
  • Simon Baron-Cohen
    • 1
  • Sally Wheelwright
    • 1
  • Carrie Allison
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Autism Research CentreUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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