ERIC Number: EJ1020726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Opinions of People Who Self-Identify with Autism and Asperger's on "DSM-5" Criteria
Linton, Kristen Faye; Krcek, Taylor E.; Sensui, Leonard M.; Spillers, Jessica L. H.
Research on Social Work Practice, v24 n1 p67-77 Jan 2014
Purpose: Autistic disorder (AD), Asperger's syndrome (AS), and pervasive developmental disorder--not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) have been removed from the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders--Fifth Edition" ("DSM-5"). It now contains the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. This study assessed how people with AD and AS felt about the "DSM-5" ASD criteria. Method: Phenomenological analysis of discussion forum dialogue among participants ("N" =76) with AD and AS was conducted. Results: Discussions demonstrated agreement that the PDD-NOS diagnosis should be removed from the "DSM-5". People with AD and AS were concerned about the inclusion of medical or neurobiological research, functioning, reciprocity, and gender bias in the ASD diagnosis. Discussion: Social workers should acknowledge the feelings of people with AD and AS when they use the "DSM-5".
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Clinical Diagnosis, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Gender Bias, Neurology, Biology, Guides, Mental Disorders, Classification, Phenomenology, Evaluation Criteria, Social Work, Caseworkers, Medical Research, Validity, Reliability
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