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Table 5 The mean sensory perception quotient (SPQ) scores before and after item reduction and for all subscales for vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste, for females and males with and without Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

From: The Sensory Perception Quotient (SPQ): development and validation of a new sensory questionnaire for adults with and without autism

  Sex SPQ SPQ SPQ SPQ SPQ SPQ Smell SPQ Taste
Full Short Vision Hearing Touch
ASC group Both 92.95 38.55 22.12 22.56 18.35 14.56 14.34
(±26.61) (18.68) (±6.61) (±5.41) (±6.29) (±8.34) (±6.39)
Male 97.5 40.70 22.77 23.37 23.37 15.93 15.75
(±25.24) (19.84) (±6.36) (±6.36) (±5.33) (±8.29) (±5.78)
Female 88.21 36.25 21.54 21.54 18.58 13.12 12.87
(±27.30) (±17.20) (±6.84) (±6.84) (±5.39) (±8.23) (±6.69)
Control group Both 108.96 43.01 27.12 25.85 22.74 14.85 16.25
(±20.53) (±14.67) (±5.35) (±4.79) (±5.20) (±5.85) (±5.09)
Male 110.06 43.01 27.25 25.58 22.70 16.00 17.85
(±17.53) (±14.67) (±4.16) (±4.57) (±4.46) (±6.10) (±5.50)
Female 106.84 44.57 27.09 25.95 22.74 14.34 15.53
(±21.71) (±14.60) (±5.82) (±4.93) (±5.52) (±5.69) (±4.75)
Group difference? 6.71a 8.20a 58.33a 26.80a 41.74a .89 16.80a
F (p) (.01) (004) (.0001) (.0001) (.0001) (.34) (.000)
Sex difference? 8.42a 2.41 2.85 2.18 .26 6.73a 21.12a
F (p) (.004) (.12) (.09) (.14) (.60) (.01) (.0001)
  1. Standard deviations are shown in brackets. The SPQ full includes all 92 items and SPQ short includes the 35 item reduced version. In addition, group and sex differences are presented.
  2. aP values ≤ .01