Analysis of Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) Screening for Children Less Than Age 4

Alison R. Marvin, Daniel J. Marvin, Paul H. Lipkin, J. Kiely Law

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Purpose of Review: The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) is a screener for Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) validated for age 4.0 +. There is a clinical need for an ASD screener for children beyond the 30-month age limit of the M-CHAT-R/F. We evaluate the literature on the use of the SCQ in children < 4.0 years. Recent Findings: Recent studies have used very large samples; included typically developing children, rather than just those with developmental disorders; compared the SCQ Lifetime and Current versions; and increased scrutiny of internal validity. Summary: The sensitivity-specificity balance in distinguishing between ASD and other developmental disorders is poor, which has led to development of abbreviated versions of the SCQ; however, sensitivity-specificity balance is better in a more general population. The SCQ Lifetime (not Current) version should be used. Future research relating should focus on further validation of the SCQ as a screener for children 30–48 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Developmental Disorders Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Area under ROC curve analysis
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Early childhood screening
  • Psychometric properties
  • Sensitivity and specificity
  • Social communication questionnaire (SCQ)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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