The use of Autism Mental Status exam in an Italian sample. A brief report

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The Autism Mental Status Exam (AMSE) is an eight-item observational assessment that allows clinicians to observe and document social and communication functioning and behavioral features in children during a clinical evaluation. Previous findings indicated a high classification accuracy of the AMSE, when compared to ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), administered to a high-risk population suspected to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The present study reports the data obtained through the administration of AMSE to a sample of 98 Italian patients (11 females and 87 males) with a diagnosis of ASD formulated according to the diagnostic criteria of the DSM 5. All subjects were administered AMSE, ADOS and ADI-R. Results show an acceptable internal consistency of the instrument (alpha = .63) and statistically significant correlations between AMSE total score and the ADOS scores. Preliminary findings suggest that the AMSE might provide a rapid and reliable observational assessment in a population with a suspect of ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalLife Span and Disability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • ADI-R
  • ADOS
  • Autism mental status exam
  • Autism spectrum disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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