1. S/he prefers to do things with others rather than on her/his own.
2. S/he prefers to do things the same way over and over again.
3. If s/he tries to imagine something‚ s/he finds it very easy to create a picture in her/his mind.
4. S/he frequently gets so strongly absorbed in one thing that s/he loses sight of other things.
5. S/he often notices small sounds when others do not
6. S/he usually notices house numbers or similar strings of information*
7. S/he has difficulty understanding rules for polite behavior*
8. When s/he is reading a story‚ s/he can easily imagine what the characters might look like*
9. S/he is fascinated by dates
10.In a social group‚ s/he can easily keep track of several different people’s conversations
11.S/he finds social situations easy
12.S/he tends to notice details that others do not
13.S/he would rather go to a library than a birthday party*
14.S/he finds making up stories easy
15.S/he is drawn more strongly to people than to things*
16.S/he tends to have very strong interests‚ which s/he gets upset about if s/he cannot pursue
17.S/he enjoys social chit-chat
18.When s/he talks‚ it is not always easy for others to get a word in edgeways
19.S/he is fascinated by numbers
20.When s/he is reading a story‚ s/he finds it difficult to work out the characters’ intentions or feelings*
21.S/he does not particularly enjoy fictional stories*
22.S/he finds it hard to make new friends
23.S/he notices patterns in things all the time
24.S/he would rather go to the cinema than a museum*
25.It does not upset him/her if his/her daily routine is disturbed
26.S/he does not know how to keep a conversation going with her/his peers*
27.S/he finds it easy to ‘‘read between the lines’’ when someone is talking to her/him
28.S/he usually concentrates more on the whole picture‚ rather than the small details
29.S/he is not very good at remembering phone numbers
30.S/he does not usually notice small changes in a situation‚ or a person’s appearance
31.S/he knows how to tell if someone listening to him/her is getting bored
32.S/he finds it easy to go back and forth between different activities*
33.When s/he talks on the phone‚ s/he is not sure when it is her/his turn to speak
34.S/he enjoys doing things spontaneously
35.S/he is often the last to understand the point of a joke.
36.S/he finds it easy to work out what someone is thinking or feeling just by looking at their face
37.If there is an interruption‚ s/he can switch back to what s/he was doing very quickly
38.S/he is good at social chit-chat
39.People often tell her/him that s/he keeps going on and on about the same thing
40.When s/he was in preschool‚ s/he used to enjoy playing games involving pretending with other children*
41.S/he likes to collect information about categories of things (e.g.‚ types of car‚ types of bird‚ types of train‚ types of plant‚ etc.)
42.S/he finds it difficult to imagine what it would be like to be someone else
43.S/he likes to plan any activities s/he participates in carefully
44.S/he enjoys social occasions
45.S/he finds it difficult to work out people’s intentions
46.New situations make him/her anxious
47.S/he enjoys meeting new people
48.S/he is good at taking care not to hurt other people’s feelings*
49.S/he is not very good at remembering people’s date of birth
50.S/he finds it very to easy to play games with children that involve pretending
1. *Denotes items that were changed substantially
mind-reading‚ attention to detail‚ social skills and imagination).
Scales (Alpha): social skills (0.93); attention to detail (0.83); attention switching (0.89); communication (0.92); imagination (0.88); and total (0.97)
Definitely agree‚ slightly agree‚ slightly disagree‚ definitely disagree
social skills (items 1‚11‚ 13‚ 15‚ 22‚ 36‚ 44‚ 45‚ 47‚ 48)‚ attention switching (items 2‚ 4‚ 10‚ 16‚ 25‚ 32‚ 34‚ 37‚ 43‚ 46)‚ attention to detail (items 5‚ 6‚ 9‚ 12‚ 19‚ 23‚ 28‚ 29‚ 30‚ 49)‚ communication (items 7‚ 17‚ 18‚ 26‚ 27‚ 31‚ 33‚ 35‚ 38‚ 39) and imagination (items 3‚ 8‚ 14‚ 20‚ 21‚ 24‚ 40‚ 41‚ 42‚50)
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Baron-Cohen S‚ Wheelwright S‚ Skinner R‚ Martin J‚ Clubley E (2001). The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism‚ Males and Females‚ Scientists and Mathematicians. J Autism Dev Disord‚ 31(1);5-17.