The Adolescent Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ)

Ages 12-15 years
Autism Spectrum Quotient (Adolescent Version)
Simon Baron-Cohen et al‚ (2001‚ 2006‚ 2008)
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For full details‚ please see:
 S. Baron-Cohen‚ R. Hoekstra‚ R. Knickmeyer‚ S. Wheelwright‚ (2006)
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 car number plates or similar strings of information.
7. Other people frequently tell her/him that what s/he has said is impolite‚ even though s/he thinks it is polite.
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 party.
14. S/he finds making up stories easy.
15. S/he finds her/himself 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 can’t pursue.
17. S/he enjoys social chit-chat.
18. When s/he talks‚ it isn’t 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.
21. S/he doesn’t particularly enjoy reading fiction.
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 theatre than a museum.
25. It does not upset him/her if his/her daily routine is disturbed.
26. S/he frequently finds that s/he doesn’t know how to keep a conversation going.
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 doesn’t 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 do more than one thing at once.
33. When s/he talks on the phone‚ s/he is not sure when it’s 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 younger‚ 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 a good diplomat.]
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.
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
‘Definitely agree or ‘slightly agree responses scored 1 point‚ on the following items: 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7‚ 9‚12‚ 13‚ 16‚ 18‚ 19‚ 20‚ 21‚ 22‚ 23‚ 26‚ 33‚ 35‚ 39‚ 41‚ 42‚ 43‚ 45‚ 46. ‘Definitely disagree or ‘slightly disagree responses scored 1 point‚ on the following items: 1‚ 3‚8‚ 10‚ 11‚ 14‚ 15‚ 17‚ 24‚ 25‚ 27‚ 28‚ 29‚ 30‚ 31‚ 32‚ 34‚36‚ 37‚ 38‚ 40‚ 44‚ 47‚ 48‚ 49‚ 50.
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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Auyeung. Bonnie‚ Baron-Cohen. Simon‚ Wheelwright. Sally‚ Allison. Carrie. (2008). The Autism Spectrum Quotient: Children’s Version (AQ-Child). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders‚ 38(7); 1230-1240.