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ERIC Number: EJ1018990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Structural Validation of the Abridged Autism Spectrum Quotient-Short Form in a Clinical Sample of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kuenssberg, Renate; Murray, Aja L.; Booth, Tom; McKenzie, Karen
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v18 n2 p69-75 Feb 2014
The primary aim of this article was to provide a structural validation of the 28-item Autism Spectrum Quotient-Short Form questionnaire in a sample of adults with clinically diagnosed autism spectrum disorders ("n" = 148). Confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated that the proposed structure, comprising a second-order Social Skills factor subsuming first-order factors of Social Skills, Routine, Switching and Imagination, and a Numbers/Patterns factor showed good acceptable fit to the data (X[superscript 2] = 464.27(345), "p" < 0.05; comparative fit index = 0.91; Tucker Lewis index = 0.90; root mean squared error of approximation = 0.048; weighted root mean square residual = 0.98). Summed mean scores for the total sample, and males and females separately, showed no significant differences to previously reported means, with the exception of Numbers/Patterns, for which the current sample reported significantly lower means in both males ("t" = 3.37, "p" < 0.001) and females ("t" = 2.33, "p" < 0.05). The results provide support for both the proposed structure of the AQ-S and the stability of total and subscale mean scores in different samples of participants with autism spectrum disorder diagnoses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)