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Title: Using the AQ-10 with adults who have a borderline or mild learning disability : pilot analysis of an adapted AQ-10
Author: Kent, Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 6598
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2015
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV1551 People with disabilities ; RC0467 Clinical psychology ; RJ0506.A9 Autism