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Title: The Sensitivity and Specificity of the Social Communication Questionnaire for Autism Spectrum Disorder with Respect to Age      
dateReleased:
01-30-2017
privacy:
information not avaiable
aggregation:
instance of dataset
dateCreated:
03-08-2016
refinement:
curated
ID:
doi:10.15154/1195992
creators:
Barnard-Brak, Lucy
Brewer, A
Chesnut S,
Richman D,
Shaeffer AM,
availability:
available
types:
other
description:
Scientific Abstract The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) assesses communication skills and social functioning in screening for symptoms of autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). The SCQ is recommended for individuals between 4 to 40 years with a cutoff score of 15 for referral. Mixed findings have been reported regarding the recommended cutoff score’s ability to accurately classify an individual as at-risk for ASD (sensitivity) versus an individual as not at-risk for ASD (specificity). Based on a sample from the National Database for Autism Research (n=344; age: 1.58 to 25.92 years old), the present study examined the SCQ’s sensitivity versus specificity across a range of ages. We recommend that the cutoff scores for the SCQ be re-evaluated with age as a consideration. Lay Abstract The age neutrality of the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) was examined as a common screener for ASD. Mixed findings have been reported regarding the recommended cutoff score’s ability to accurately classify an individual as at-risk for ASD (sensitivity) versus accurately classifying an individual as not at-risk for ASD (specificity). With a sample from the National Database for Autism Research, the present study examined the SCQ’s sensitivity versus specificity. Analyses indicated that the actual sensitivity and specificity scores were lower than initially reported by the creators of the SCQ.
accessURL: https://doi.org/10.15154/1195992
storedIn:
NIMH Data Archives
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not compressed
format:
HTML
accessType:
landing page
authentication:
none
authorization:
none
abbreviation:
NIH
homePage: http://www.nih.gov/
ID:
SCR:011417
name:
National Institutes of Health
abbreviation:
NIMH
homePage: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
ID:
SCR:011431
name:
National Institute of Mental Health

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