Autistic traits and autism spectrum disorders: the clinical validity of two measures presuming a continuum of social communication skills

Research indicates that autism is the extreme end of a continuously distributed trait. The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) and the Social and Communication Disorders Checklist (SCDC) aim to assess autistic traits. The 
Research indicates that autism is the extreme end of a continuously distributed trait. The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) and the Social and Communication Disorders Checklist (SCDC) aim to assess autistic traits. The objective of this study was to compare their clinical validity. The SRS showed sensitivities of .74 to .80 and specificities of .69 to 1.00 for autism. Sensitivities were .85 to .90 and specificities .28 to.82 for the SCDC. Correlations with the ADI-R, ADOS and SCQ were higher for the SRS than for the SCDC. The SCDC seems superior to the SRS to screen for unspecific social and communicative deficits including autism. The SRS appears more suitable than the SCDC in clinical settings and for specific autism screening.
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Author:Sven Bölte, Eva Westerwald, Martin Holtmann, Christine M. Freitag, Fritz Poustka
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-265316
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-010-1024-9
ISSN:1573-3432
ISSN:0162-3257
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20422277
Parent Title (English):Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Place of publication:Dordrecht [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/04/27
Date of first Publication:2010/04/27
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2012/10/16
Tag:PDD - Assessment - Screening; Questionnaire - Psychometrics - Diagnostics
Volume:41
Issue:1
Pagenumber:7
First Page:66
Last Page:72
Note:
Author(s) 2010. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com . Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Institutes:Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 3.0

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