ERIC Number: EJ894133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Should the DSM V Drop Asperger Syndrome?
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n9 p1146-1148 Sep 2010
The DSM IV defines Asperger syndrome (AS) as a pervasive developmental (autistic spectrum) disorder characterized by social deficits and rigid focused interests in the absence of language impairment and cognitive delay. Since its inclusion in the DSM-IV, there has been a dramatic increase in its recognition both in children and adults. However, because studies have generally failed to demonstrate a clear distinction between AS and autism, some researchers have called for its elimination from the forthcoming DSM V. This report argues for a modification of its diagnostic criteria and its continued retention in the diagnostic manual.
Descriptors: Asperger Syndrome, Clinical Diagnosis, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Interests
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