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Social Responsiveness Scale

The Social Responsiveness Scale Second Edition (SRS-2) adult version is a self-report questionnaire used to identify and quantify social characteristics commonly believed to be associated with autism.

The 65-item questionnaire assesses behaviors and interactions in social situations. Specifically, the SRS-2 adult version is intended to evaluate social awareness, social cognition, social communication, social motivation, and repetitive behaviors.

The SRS-2 is based on a deficit model, which NeuroSpark Health avoids. However, the SRS-2 is often cited as being unique in its ability to differentiate between autism and other conditions, potentially making it helpful for differential diagnosis as well as exploring the significance of social challenges within the autism spectrum. It’s important to note though that some research has found that the SRS-2 has poor discriminant validity and that the social motivation subscale in particular is not able to distinguish between autism and anxiety.

FAQ about the Social Responsiveness Scale

What is the SRS-2 age range?

The SRS-2 is intended for ages 3 to 99 years old.

What is the age range for the SRS-2 adult version?

The SRS-2 adult version is for those 19 and older.

How is the SRS-2 scored?

Responses to the 65 items on the questionnaire yield a T-score, with a mean of 50. T-scores of 59 and below are considered within “normal” limits. T-scores of 76 and higher are considered “severe”. Scores identified as “severe” in this assessment are suggestive* of autism and are not meant to be interpreted as a “severe” level of autism or impairment.

Does the SRS-2 diagnose autism?

*The SRS-2 is not intended as a stand-alone tool and is not diagnostic. This questionnaire is just one of the many sources of information that a diagnostician can pull from in addition to other questionnaires and a clinical interview.

How long does it take to complete the SRS-2?

The completion time of the SRS-2 varies based on several factors, including the individual being assessed and the mode of administration, whether it's through self-report or interview. It typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes to finish the Social Responsiveness Scale Second Edition (SRS-2) assessment.

Who can administer the SRS-2?

The SRS-2 should only be used by those with the necessary psychological or educational assessment qualifications and training. Specifically, professionals such as clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, school psychologists, and speech-language pathologists are typically equipped to administer the SRS-2.

Interested in learning more? You can find additional info about the SRS 2 here.