Distributional Properties and Criterion Validity of a Shortened Version of the Social Responsiveness Scale: Results from the ECHO Program and Implications for Social Communication Research.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Prior work proposed a shortened version of the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), a commonly used quantitative measure of social communication traits. We used data from 3031 participants (including 190 ASD cases) from the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program to compare distributional properties and criterion validity of 16-item "short" to 65-item "full" SRS scores. Results demonstrated highly overlapping distributions of short and full scores. Both scores separated case from non-case individuals by approximately two standard deviations. ASD prediction was nearly identical for short and full scores (area under the curve values of 0.87, 0.86 respectively). Findings support comparability of shortened and full scores, suggesting opportunities to increase efficiency. Future work should confirm additional psychometric properties of short scores.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lyall, K; Hosseini, M; Ladd-Acosta, C; Ning, X; Catellier, D; Constantino, JN; Croen, LA; Kaat, AJ; Botteron, K; Bush, NR; Dager, SR; Duarte, CS; Fallin, MD; Hazlett, H; Hertz-Picciotto, I; Joseph, RM; Karagas, MR; Korrick, S; Landa, R; Messinger, D; Oken, E; Ozonoff, S; Piven, J; Pandey, J; Sathyanarayana, S; Schultz, RT; St John, T; Schmidt, R; Volk, H; Newschaffer, CJ; program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes,

Published Date

  • July 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 2241 - 2253

PubMed ID

  • 32944847

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7965796

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-020-04667-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States