Distributional Properties and Criterion Validity of a Shortened Version of the Social Responsiveness Scale: Results from the ECHO Program and Implications for Social Communication Research

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Abstract

Prior work proposed a shortened version of the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), a commonly used quantitative measure of social communication traits. We used data from 3031 participants (including 190 ASD cases) from the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program to compare distributional properties and criterion validity of 16-item “short” to 65-item “full” SRS scores. Results demonstrated highly overlapping distributions of short and full scores. Both scores separated case from non-case individuals by approximately two standard deviations. ASD prediction was nearly identical for short and full scores (area under the curve values of 0.87, 0.86 respectively). Findings support comparability of shortened and full scores, suggesting opportunities to increase efficiency. Future work should confirm additional psychometric properties of short scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health, under Award Number U2COD023375 (Coordinating Center), U24OD023382 (Data Analysis Center), as well as 1U2COD023375-02 (Lyall), UH3OD023342 (Newschaffer), UH3OD023275 (Karagas), UG3/UH3OD023365 (Hertz-Picciotto), 5UH3OD023348-04 (O’Shea), 1U24OD023319-01 (Gershon & Cella), 1UG3OD023271-01 and 4UH3OD023271-03 (Karr), 1UG3OD023305-01 and 4UH3OD023305-03 (Trasande), UG3/UH3OD023328 (Duarte); UG3/UH3OD023286 (Oken). Funding support for original data collections was also received from the NIH under R01MH068398 (Ozonoff), R01HD055741 (Piven); R01ES016863 (Swan), R01ES25169 (Swan); from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences under P01ES022832 and US EPA US EPA: RD83544201 (Karagas), and from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development under R01HD057284 (Messinger and Stone).

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Quantitative traits
  • Social Responsiveness Scale
  • Social communication

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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