A new theory is gaining ground among the medical fraternity that a test commonly used to measure Autism is lacking credibility and might not be detecting the right signs conversant with the malady. Aspersions are cast on the validity of the test scores and seriously doubts whether the test scores are a true indicator of the disease and brings up the use of these scores in screening the population.
A brief test in the form of a questionnaire seeks answers from people to disclose if they have personality disorders related to autism with the commonest being the AQ-10 being used by GPs.
The National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends AQ-10 as the most vivid screening test to generate answers to the test for Autism in adults in particular. For all purposes, this Test is used to detect the presence of this anomaly in adults and the results obtained from the test are used as a benchmark to detect autistic traits largely.
Armed with these results from autism/tendencies, the results can give an indication to other difficulties and social attributes. In a new study, researchers have extrapolated data from approximately 65 000 users to gain a strong measure to the disease in general.
The general conclusion they arrived at regarding the AQ-10 Test was not satisfactory stating that the test did not prove itself right in various statistical procedures and the veracity of the test was up for debate. Hence a new test to disseminate the actual range of personality traits across the population has been suggested.