Brief Report

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 9, pp 1146-1148

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Brief Report: Should the DSM V Drop Asperger Syndrome?

  • Mohammad GhaziuddinAffiliated withUniversity of Michigan Medical Center Email author 

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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.


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