Autism Rating Scale (ARS) – Italian version

Scala di Valutazione dell’autismo – versione italiana

M. Ballerini (1), G. Stanghellini (2 3), M. Chieffi (4), P. Bucci (4), P. Punzo (4), G. Ferrante (4), N. Merlotti (4), A. Mucci (4), S. Galderisi (4)

1 Department of Mental Health, Florence, Italy; 2 “G. d’Annunzio” University, Chieti, Italy; 3 “D. Portales” University”, Santiago, Chile; 4 Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Italy.


The autism rating scale (ARS) is an instrument intended to investigate the personal level of experience of individuals with schizophrenia in real-life social situations. It originates from previous qualitative analyses based on in-depth interviews with persons with schizophrenia in clinical and research settings. The Italian adapted version of the ARS is herewith presented, and a brief description of the instrument is reported. The procedures followed for translation, adaptation and training of researchers are described. Lastly, the results on inter-rater reliability are shown.

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