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ERIC Number: EJ894596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0547
Girls with Social and/or Attention Deficits: A Descriptive Study of 100 Clinic Attenders
Kopp, Svenny; Kelly, Kristina Berg; Gillberg, Christopher
Journal of Attention Disorders, v14 n2 p167-181 Sep 2010
Objective: Examine clinical correlates and distinguishing features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), ADHD, and tic disorders in girls referred for social impairment, attention/academic deficits, and/or tics. Method: One hundred 3- to 18-year-old girls referred for social impairment and attention symptoms were assessed in detail. Sixty of these girls, 7 to 16 years of age (IQ greater than or equal to 80) were compared with age-matched girls (IQ greater than or equal to 80) from the community. Results: Main diagnoses of ASD, ADHD, tic disorders, and "other psychiatric disorder" were made in 46, 46, 3, and 5, respectively, of the referred girls. The ASD and ADHD groups (mean age at diagnosis 8.8 and 13.0 years, respectively) had the same types and high rates of psychiatric comorbidity. Girls with ASD had more problems with global functioning and adaptive levels of daily living skills than girls with ADHD. Differences between these girls referred for investigation and the community sample of girls were very considerable across a range of factors. Conclusions: Girls referred for social and/or attention deficits usually meet diagnostic criteria for either ASD or ADHD. They have severe psychiatric comorbidities and low global levels of functioning. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Conners Teacher Rating Scale; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence