What is Camouflaging Autistic Traits Questionnaire (CAT-Q)?
The CAT-Q Test or Camouflaging Autistic Traits Questionnaire is a self-report measure designed to identify social camouflaging behaviors in adults, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Social camouflaging refers to strategies used by individuals with autism to mask or compensate for their autistic traits during social interactions. This could include efforts to appear more neurotypical by hiding certain behaviors, mimicking others, or forcing oneself to make eye contact.
The CAT-Q is not a diagnostic tool, but it can provide valuable insights into the extent of camouflaging behaviors an individual employs. It’s important to remember that while camouflaging can help manage social interactions, it can also lead to stress and exhaustion, making awareness and understanding crucial for supporting mental health.
How to use our free online autism quiz
This online, free, and confidential autism quiz assesses whether you engage in behaviors that camouflage autistic traits. You simply select from a multiple choice of answers ranging from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree” until you have reached the end of the questionnare.
How long is the autism quiz?
Our free autism quiz is 25 questions long and will probably take less than 10 minutes to finish.
What questions are in the autism quiz?
Each question has 7 potential answers: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Somewhat Disagree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, Somewhat Agree, Agree, Strongly Agree.
Examples of scenarios in this assessment include:
- I have developed a script to follow in social situations
- I have spent time learning social skills from television shows and films, and try to use these in my interactions
- In social interactions, I do not pay attention to what my face or body are doing
What is this autism quiz based on?
This quiz is based on the Camouflaging Autistic Traits Questionnaire (CAT-Q). The CAT-Q is a 25-item self-report instrument used to identify the extent to which adults (ages 16+) engage in autism masking behaviors Development and Validation of the Camouflaging Autistic Traits Questionnaire (CAT-Q) (Hull et al., 2018)