Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 1156–1166 | Cite as

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Self-reports: Testing Validity and Reliability Using the NEO-PI-R

  • Eva Hesselmark
  • Jonna M. Eriksson
  • Joakim Westerlund
  • Susanne Bejerot
Original Paper


Although self-reported measures are frequently used to assess adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), the validity of self-reports is under-researched in ASD. The core symptoms of ASD may negatively affect the psychometric properties of self-reported measures. The aim of the present study was to test the validity and reliability of self-reported data using the NEO personality inventory-revised (NEO-PI-R). Forty-eight adults with ASD and 53 controls completed the NEO-PI-R and a psychiatric interview. Results indicate satisfactory internal consistency of the NEO-PI-R, a satisfactory factor structure, predicted correlations with clinician ratings in the ASD group, and predicted differences in personality between the ASD group and controls. In conclusion, the present results support the use of self-reported measures when assessing adults with ASD .


Autism spectrum disorders Self report Psychometrics Validation Personality tests 



The authors want to express their gratitude towards all participants who agreed to sign up for the study and to Dr. Sabina Bonde who assisted in some of the assessments. Technical support was provided by Christina Arlinde and Ann Lindgren. This study was supported by the St Göran Foundation, The Swedish Society of Medicine and the Thuring Foundation.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of Interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Hesselmark
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jonna M. Eriksson
    • 1
  • Joakim Westerlund
    • 2
  • Susanne Bejerot
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Clinical NeuroscienceKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Norra Stockholm Psykiatri/St Görans SjukhusStockholmSweden

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