Comprehensive Autistic Trait Inventory
The Comprehensive Autistic Trait Inventory, or CATI, is a self-report questionnaire that provides a valid measure of autistic traits in adults in the general population.
It contains 42 statements that span six different areas, or 'dimensions', associated with autism. When it is completed, the total-scale score provides an overall measure of autistic traits, and six subscale scores each provide a measure of autistic traits in a specific area or dimension. The six subscales include:
- Social Interactions
- Social Camouflage
- Repetitive Behaviours
- Cognitive Rigidity
- Sensory Sensitivity
The CATI was primarily developed for use by researchers interested in quantifying autistic traits within members of the general population. It is currently NOT clinically-validated and therefore not advised to be used as an assessment tool for diagnosing autism.
The questionnaire was designed and psychometrically evaluated by reseachers at the University of Western Australia (UWA), with input from collaborators at Telethon Kids Institute and the University of British Columbia. The initial items and factors were developed in collaboration and consultation with other autism researchers and clinicians, and autistic individuals at UWA.
The Open Access manuscript outlining the development and validation of the CATI in detail can be accessed at Molecular Autism.
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