The Adult Sensory Profile: measuring patterns of sensory processing

Am J Occup Ther. 2001 Jan-Feb;55(1):75-82. doi: 10.5014/ajot.55.1.75.


Objective: This article describes a series of studies designed to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Adult Sensory Profile.

Method: Expert judges evaluated the construct validity of the items. Coefficient alpha, factor analysis, and correlations of items with subscales determined item reliability, using data from 615 adult sensory profiles. A subsample of 20 adults furnished skin conductance data. A heterogeneous group of 93 adults completed the revised Adult Sensory Profile, and item reliability was reexamined.

Results: Expert judgment indicated that items could be categorized according to Dunn's Model of Sensory Processing. Results suggested reasonable item reliability for all subscales except for the Sensation Avoiding subscale. Skin conductance measures detected distinct patterns of physiological responses consistent with the four-quadrant model. Revision of the Adult Sensory Profile resulted in improved reliability of the Sensation Avoiding subscale.

Conclusion: The series of studies provides evidence to support the four subscales of the Adult Sensory Profile as distinct constructs of sensory processing preferences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Processes
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Perception
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensation Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Severity of Illness Index