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Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition

John M. Constantino, MD

Identifies the presence and severity of autistic social impairment
Paper and pencil, Software
Age range:
3 years to 99 years
15-20 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The SRS-2 identifies social impairment associated with ASD and quantifies its severity. Sensitive enough to detect even subtle symptoms but specific enough to differentiate clinical groups, the SRS-2 can be used to monitor symptoms throughout the life span.

Features and benefits

  • Allows you to assess social impairment in natural settings—teachers, parents, and others are asked to rate symptoms that they've noticed over time at home, in the classroom, or elsewhere. Raters evaluate symptoms using a quantitative scale representing a range of severity.
  • In addition to a total score reflecting severity of social deficits in the autism spectrum, five treatment subscale scores are provided: Social Awareness, Social Cognition, Social Communication, Social Motivation, and Restricted Interests and Repetitive Behavior. Two subscales are considered DSM-5™-compatible: Scores on these subscales make it easy to compare your client's symptoms to DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD.

Test structure

  • Offers four forms with 65 items each: school-age (ages 4-18 years), preschool (ages 2:5-4:5 years), adult (ages 19 years and older), and adult self-report.
  • The SRS-2 unlimited-use scoring program gives you a detailed report with useful descriptive information that can inform intervention.

Technical information

  • Numerous independent studies demonstrate that the SRS-2 is unmatched in its ability to measure severity of social impairment in the mildest, and most common, forms of ASD—including social communication disorder, a new diagnosis included in the DSM-5.
  • A multitude of independent, peer-reviewed studies conducted in schools and clinics throughout the world involving diverse populations and diagnostic groups show that the SRS-2 discriminates both within the autism spectrum and between ASD and other disorders, making the test highly useful for differential diagnosis. When results indicate that autism is not present, they often point to other conditions in which social impairment plays a role.