The Melbourne Assessment of Schizotypy in Kids: A Useful Measure of Childhood Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Harvey P Jones, Renee R Testa, Nola Ross, Marc L Seal, Christos Pantelis, Bruce Tonge
BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL | HINDAWI LTD | Published : 2015
Despite being identified as a high risk cohort for psychosis, there has been relatively little research on the clinical presentation and assessment of Schizotypal Personality Disorder (SPD) in childhood. The current study aimed to develop a measure of childhood SPD (Melbourne Assessment of Schizotypy in Kids (MASK)) and assess discriminant validity against another neurodevelopmental disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sixty-eight children aged between 5 and 12 (21 SPD, 15 ASD, and 32 typically developing) and their parents were administered the MASK. The MASK is a 57-item semistructured interview that obtains information from the child, their parents, and the clinician. The results sho..View full abstract
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Christos Pantelis was supported by a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship (ID: 628386) and NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award (ID: 18722). The work was supported by an NHMRC Program Grant (ID: 566529) and Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre at the University of Melbourne. The authors thank John Taffe and Lachlan Macquarie for assistance with statistical analysis and their participants for their cooperation, flexibility, and enthusiasm.