Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 11, pp 2450–2459

Assessing Autistic Traits in a Taiwan Preschool Population: Cross-Cultural Validation of the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS)

  • Jessica Wang
  • Li-Ching Lee
  • Ying-Sheue Chen
  • Ju-Wei Hsu
Original Paper


The cross-cultural validity of the Mandarin-adaptation of the social responsiveness scale (SRS) was examined in a sample of N = 307 participants in Taiwan, 140 typically developing and 167 with clinically-diagnosed developmental disorders. This scale is an autism assessment tool that provides a quantitative rather than categorical measure of social impairment in the general population. SRS total and subscale scores distinguished significantly between autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders (p < 0.01). Total SRS scores and sensitivity and specificity of the scale for diagnosing developmental disorders in the Taiwan study were similar to those observed in Western studies. These findings support the cross-cultural validity of the SRS scale for detecting autistic traits and for distinguishing between autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions.


SRS Taiwan Cross-cultural Validity Autism spectrum disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Wang
    • 1
    • 4
  • Li-Ching Lee
    • 2
  • Ying-Sheue Chen
    • 3
  • Ju-Wei Hsu
    • 3
  1. 1.Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of EpidemiologyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTaipei Veterans General HospitalTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsNew-York Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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