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Comparison of clinical symptoms in autism and Asperger's disorder

Eisenmajer, Richard, Prior, Margot, Leekam, Sue R., Wing, Lorna, Gould, Judith, Welham, Michael, Ong, Ben (1996) Comparison of clinical symptoms in autism and Asperger's disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 35 (11). pp. 1523-1531. ISSN 0890-8567. (doi:10.1097/00004583-199611000-00022) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Objective: To determine what clinical symptoms clinicians have been using to distinguish between Asperger's disorder (AsD) and autistic disorder (AD). Method: Parents of children and adolescents with high-functioning AD (n = 48) and AsD (n = 69) were given a structured interview based on DSM-III-R and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria. Information regarding early and current symptom presentation and family, developmental, and verbal mental age information were collected. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine which variables best predicted clinician's diagnosis. Results: A number of clinical variables predicted diagnosis. Delayed language onset was the only variable of the family and developmental variables that predicted diagnosis. The AsD group was also significantly higher than the AD group in verbal mental age. Conclusion: Clinicians appear to be diagnosing AsD and AD on the basis of published research and case study accounts. The findings question whether DSM-IV and ICD-10 criteria adequately describe the AsD individual, particularly in the communication domain.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1097/00004583-199611000-00022
Additional information: 1995 National Autism Conference BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, 1995
Uncontrolled keywords: autism, Asperger's disorder, diagnosis, communication
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: R.F. Xu
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2009 04:30 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 09:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19158 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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