Mental Status Exam Template

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The Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) is an 8-item assessment in which the clinician evaluates the presence of autism spectrum symptoms in the context of a brief, observational, clinical exam. Given the need for accurate, timely, and cost-effective clinical evaluation, the brief nature of the AMSE may aid in filling this gap in developmental assessment. However, other than two studies by the measure developers, no other research group has examined the psychometric properties of the AMSE. The current study examined the psychometric properties of the AMSE in 68 children seeking developmental evaluation and/or services related to anxiety in the context of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The AMSE exhibited adequate internal consistency and excellent inter-rater reliability. Known groups validity was supported and there was preliminary evidence for convergent validity. The current data partially supports the AMSE as a psychometrically sound assessment tool.

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