Screening for Autism with the SRS and SCQ: Variations across Demographic, Developmental and Behavioral Factors in Preschool Children.

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TitleScreening for Autism with the SRS and SCQ: Variations across Demographic, Developmental and Behavioral Factors in Preschool Children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMoody, EJ, Reyes, N, Ledbetter, C, Wiggins, L, DiGuiseppi, C, Alexander, A, Jackson, S, Lee, L-C, Levy, SE, Rosenberg, SA
JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
Volume47
Issue11
Pagination3550-3561
Date Published2017 Nov
ISSN1573-3432
Abstract

The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) and the Social Responsiveness Scales (SRS) are commonly used screeners for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data from the Study to Explore Early Development were used to examine variations in the performance of these instruments by child characteristics and family demographics. For both instruments, specificity decreased as maternal education and family income decreased. Specificity was decreased with lower developmental functioning and higher behavior problems. This suggests that the false positive rates of the SRS and the SCQ are associated with child characteristics and family demographic factors. There is a need for ASD screeners that perform well across socioeconomic and child characteristics. Clinicians should be mindful of differential performance of these instruments in various groups of children.

DOI10.1007/s10803-017-3255-5
Alternate JournalJ Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID28856480
PubMed Central IDPMC5743015
Grant ListU10 DD000180 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
U10DD000183 / / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US) / United States
U10DD000180 / / National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities / United States
U10DD000184 / / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US) / United States
U10 DD000181 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
U10DD000182 / / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US) / United States
U10 DD000184 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
U01 DD001210 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
U01 DD000498 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
CC999999 / / Intramural CDC HHS / United States
U10 DD000182 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
U10DD000181 / / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US) / United States
U10 DD000183 / DD / NCBDD CDC HHS / United States
U10DD000498 / / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US) / United States
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