Content of the questionnaire
Target audienceAdolescents (12-16)
ApplicationThe AQ-Adol assesses symptoms that have shown to be indicative of the social skill, attention switching, attention to detail, communication, and imagination domains of autism.
CompositionThe AQ-Adol contains 50 statements with 4 answer options, varying from ‘definitely agree’ to ‘definitely disagree’, and mirrored items.
ScoresScores are calculated by adding up items. Higher scores indicate more symptoms. Scores can range between 0-50.
SubscalesTotal score (0-50)
• Social skill
• Attention switching
• Attention to detail
• Communication
• Imagination
Psychometric properties
GeneralIn clinical practice the AQ has shown to be an accurate predictor of patients who will receive the diagnoses of autism. Research has shown that approximately 90% of the patients with autism reach a total score of 32 or higher.
Literature and copyright

Baron-Cohen, S. , Hoekstra, R.A., Knickmeyer, R. & Wheelright, S. (2006). The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) Adolescent Version. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 36, No. 3, April 2006, 343-350.

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