Investigating Sex Bias in the AQ-10: A Replication Study

Murray, Aja Louise, Booth, Tom, Auyeung, Bonnie, McKenzie, Karen and Kuenssberg, Renate (2017) Investigating Sex Bias in the AQ-10: A Replication Study. Assessment. p. 107319111773354. ISSN 1073-1911

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Abstract

There are concerns that females with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be underidentified because of factors such as better camouflaging and poorer recognition of the signs of ASD in females. One stage at which females may be underidentified is during screening. In this study, we, therefore, evaluated whether the autism spectrum quotient (AQ-10), a brief recommended screening instrument for ASD in adults suspected of having ASD, showed any evidence of underestimating symptoms in females. Our results broadly replicate those of an earlier study in finding no strong evidence that the AQ-10 is biased against females. However, to achieve better performance in females, we suggest that one item be replaced with an item measuring more “female” manifestations of ASD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism screening, AQ-10, sex bias, female autism
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Mckenzie
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 08:29
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32121

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