Using the AQ-10 with adults who have a borderline or mild learning disability: Pilot analysis of an adapted AQ-10

Kent, Elizabeth (2015) Using the AQ-10 with adults who have a borderline or mild learning disability: Pilot analysis of an adapted AQ-10. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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There is a need for appropriate screening tools for the assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in those with learning disabilities (LD) given the co-occurrence of the two conditions. The AQ-10 is the screening tool recommended by NICE (2012) for the case identification of ASD in adults with a borderline or mild learning disability. However, the AQ-10 was not developed with this population in mind. A mixed-methods approach was used to investigate the utility of the AQ-10 in its original form as a case identification tool. The AQ-10 was then redesigned and piloted. Qualitative results revealed individuals found the AQ-10 too inaccessible in its current format. Following revision, the diagnostic validity of the revised measure (AQ-10-R) showed good sensitivity (0.85) and specificity (0.77), whereas the diagnostic validity of the original AQ-10 was poor. The internal consistency for the AQ-10-R was 0.67 and 0.30 for the AQ-10. These findings indicate that simple formatting and administration changes may be needed to the AQ-10 before clinicians consider using it when helping to make decisions regarding referral for diagnostic assessment in those with borderline or mild learning disabilities.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual impairment, Screening, Case identification, AQ-10.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV1551 People with disabilities
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0467 Clinical psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry > RJ0506.A9 Autism
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 07:24
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 12:51

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