Diagnostic assessment in a sample of autistic and developmentally impaired adolescents
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- Fombonne, E. J Autism Dev Disord (1992) 22: 563. doi:10.1007/BF01046328
A sample of 43 autistic and developmentally impaired adolescents were assessed with the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI), DSM-III-R criteria, and the clinician's diagnosis. DSM-III-R criteria for autism have low specificity and agree poorly with the other two definitions. Detailed results of the ADI are provided that confirm the usefulness and discriminant validity of this semistructured diagnostic interview in a sample of very retarded autistic subjects.