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Screening accuracy of Level 2 autism spectrum disorder rating scales. A review of selected instruments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20591956     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The goal of this review was to examine the state of Level 2, caregiver-completed rating scales for the screening of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in individuals above the age of three years. We focused on screening accuracy and paid particular attention to comparison groups. Inclusion criteria required that scales be developed post ICD-10, be ASD-specific, and have published evidence of diagnostic validity in peer-reviewed journals. The five scales reviewed were: the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), Gilliam Autism Rating Scale/Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-Second Edition (GARS/GARS-2), Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ), and Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS). Twenty total studies were located, most examining the SCQ. Research on the other scales was limited. Comparisons between scales were few and available evidence of diagnostic validity is scarce for certain subpopulations (e.g., lower functioning individuals, PDDNOS). Overall, the SCQ performed well, the SRS and ASSQ showed promise, and the GARS/GARS-2 and ASDS demonstrated poor sensitivity. This review indicates that Level 2 ASD caregiver-completed rating scales are in need of much more scientific scrutiny.
Megan Norris; Luc Lecavalier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Autism : the international journal of research and practice     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1461-7005     ISO Abbreviation:  Autism     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-01     Completed Date:  2010-10-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9713494     Medline TA:  Autism     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nisonger Center and Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis*,  psychology
Child, Preschool
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / standards
Questionnaires / standards
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity

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