ERIC Number: EJ956496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Brief Report: The Autism Mental Status Examination--Development of a Brief Autism-Focused Exam
Grodberg, David; Weinger, Paige M.; Kolevzon, Alexander; Soorya, Latha; Buxbaum, Joseph D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n3 p455-459 Mar 2012
The Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) described here is an eight-item observational assessment that prompts the observation and recording of signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The AMSE is intended to take place seamlessly in the context of a clinical exam and produces a total score. Subjects were independently administered the AMSE and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The ADOS was used to estimate the most effective criterion cut-off on the AMSE. A score of five or greater produced excellent sensitivity and good specificity in a high-risk sample. Internal consistency was acceptable and inter-rater reliability was good to excellent. Preliminary findings indicate excellent classification accuracy and suggest that the AMSE provides a rapid and reliable observational assessment in a high-risk population.
Descriptors: Observation, Autism, Interrater Reliability, At Risk Persons, Evaluation Methods, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cutting Scores, Test Reliability
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule