The tool, the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) and the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, may incorrectly flag children whose mothers are black, have low incomes or have a high-school education or less, the study suggests.
The researchers looked at the SCQ scores of 2,557 children enrolled in the ongoing Study to Explore Early Development (SEED).
Caregivers completed the SCQ and a clinical evaluation for autism when the children were 2 to 5 years old.
Cutoff scores that account for mothers’ income, education and ethnicity could optimize the test’s specificity and sensitivity, Rosenberg says. This may be due to the fact that low-income parents tend not to have good access to medical services. The caregivers who seek out clinics may be those who are especially concerned about their children, and so more likely to highlight concerns in the screen./
Full article found at https://spectrumnews.org/news/race-income-education-alter-accuracy-autism-screen/
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