Validation of the autism spectrum screening questionnaire in a total population sample

Posserud, M.-B., Lundervold, A.J. and Gillberg, C. (2009) Validation of the autism spectrum screening questionnaire in a total population sample. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(1), pp. 126-134. (doi: 10.1007/s10803-008-0609-z)

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There is a lack of instruments validated for screening of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in general populations and primary care settings. The Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) has previously been shown to have good screening properties in clinical settings. We used the ASSQ to screen a total population of 7-9 year-olds (N = 9430) for ASD in the Bergen Child Study. Parents and teachers filled in the ASSQ, and high-scorers were invited for clinical assessment, along with a large group of screen negative children. We found that the ASSQ was well suited as a general population screen. Combining parent and teacher ASSQ and using cut-off score of a parts per thousand yen17 provided the most efficient screen with sensitivity of 0.91 and specificity of 0.86.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillberg, Professor Christopher
Authors: Posserud, M.-B., Lundervold, A.J., and Gillberg, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher:Springer/Plenum Publishers
Published Online:01 July 2008

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