ERIC Number: EJ1018926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Referral Pattern and Special Interests in Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome: A Turkish Referred Sample
Tanidir, Canan; Mukaddes, Nahit M.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v18 n2 p178-184 Feb 2014
Objectives: To investigate the most frequent reasons for referral, the most common special interests, age at first referral to a mental health service, and the age of diagnosis in children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome living in Turkey. Methods: This study includes 61 children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger syndrome using strict "DSM-IV" criteria. Results: The mean age at first referral was 7.9 whereas the mean age when Asperger syndrome was diagnosed was 9.9, which is compatible with other studies. The most frequent reasons for the first referral were attention deficits, hyperactivity, and academic failure, and the most common special interest area was "electronic devicess, computer, and technical interests." Conclusions: The types of special interests and referral reasons in our Asperger syndrome sample are very similar to the interest areas and referral reasons of individuals with Asperger syndrome from developed western countries indicating the universality of symptoms. It could be concluded that children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome may refer to mental health services with a variety of symptoms; therefore, it is important to make a detailed assessment of social difficulties especially in school-age children and adolescents for the differential diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Asperger Syndrome, Children, Adolescent Attitudes, Referral, Interests, Age Differences, Mental Health, Health Services, Clinical Diagnosis, Attention Deficit Disorders, Hyperactivity, Academic Failure, Information Technology, Intelligence Quotient, Individual Characteristics, Sleep, Language Impairments, Neurological Impairments, Behavior Problems, Mental Disorders, Aggression, Social Behavior, Comorbidity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children