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First Psychometric Properties of the Dutch Interview for Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adult Males Without Intellectual Disability

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For autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adults there are several diagnostic instruments available with a need for consideration of the psychometric properties. This study aimed to conduct a first psychometric evaluation of a new diagnostic ASD instrument, the NIDA (Dutch Interview for Diagnostic assessment of ASD in adults) in 90 adult males without intellectual disability (age 18–65 years) in the Netherlands: 30 with ASD, 30 with a Personality Disorder and 30 nonpatient controls. The interrater agreement ranged from 0.79 to 1.00, the convergent validity including sensitivity and specificity ranged from 0.76 to 1.00, and we observed an adequate concurrent criterion-related validity. These promising findings can serve as foundation for future psychometric NIDA studies in a more diverse population.

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Acknowledgments

We greatly appreciate the time and effort devoted by the ninety participants to this study. The authors gratefully acknowledge the study psychologists Anne van der Aar, Nesrin Tatar, Kirsten Zwinkels and Ester van der Sluis. We thank Rosa Meijer, data analyst, for assisting the statistical analyses, and Pieter de Nijs, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Jolinda Volk and Levi Post, master students psychology for checking the data. We also thank Niall Jassim for reviewing the English text of this article. We also thank him and Katy Klugkist for translating the NIDA into English.

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All authors contributed to the study conception and design. Material preparation, and data collection was performed by RV. Data analyses were performed by RV and MD and checked by the rest of the authors. The first draft of the manuscript was written by RV and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Vuijk, first author, developed NIDA. The NIDA is available for free. Arntz, is one of the translators of SCID-5-PD.

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The study was carried out in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki, 2000). Approval was granted by the Ethics Committee of the University of Amsterdam (Date: 04 April 2017/No.: 2017-CP-7839).

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Vuijk, R., Deen, M., Arntz, A. et al. First Psychometric Properties of the Dutch Interview for Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adult Males Without Intellectual Disability. J Autism Dev Disord 52, 3523–3535 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05225-z

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