Assessing the Accuracy of the Modified Chinese Autism Spectrum Rating Scale and Social Responsiveness Scale for Screening Autism Spectrum Disorder in Chinese Children

Bingrui Zhou, Hao Zhou, Lijie Wu, Xiaobing Zou, Xuerong Luo, Eric Fombonne, Yi Wang, Weili Yan, Xiu Xu

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The reported prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been increasing rapidly in many parts of the world. However, data on its prevalence in China are largely missing. Here, we assessed the suitability of the modified Chinese version of a newly-developed ASD screening tool, the Modified Chinese Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (MC-ASRS) in screening for ASD in Chinese children aged 6–12 years, through comparison with the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) that has been widely used for ASD screening. We recruited the parents/caregivers of 1588 typically-developing children and 190 children with ASD aged 6–12 years to complete the MC-ASRS and SRS, and evaluated the validity of both scales in discriminating children with ASD from those developing typically. The results showed that MC-ASRS performed as well as SRS in sensitivity, specificity, and area-under-the-curve (both >0.95) in receiver operating characteristic analysis, with a fair false-negative rate. These results suggest that MC-ASRS is a promising tool for screening for children with ASD in the general Chinese population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalNeuroscience Bulletin
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017



  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Modified Chinese Autism Spectrum Rating Scale
  • ROC analysis
  • Screening accuracy
  • Social Responsiveness Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Physiology

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