Symptoms in the first two years of life

A preliminary population study of infantile autism
  • Sven Olof Dahlgren
  • Christopher Gillberg


A population sample of autistic children (n = 26) were compared retrospectively with age-and sex-matched mentally retarded children (n = 20) and age- and sex-matched population-representative children (n = 25) on a 130-item questionnaire to the mother concerning characteristic features of the child's behaviour in the first 2 years of life. Thirteen items discriminated clearly between the groups. The results are discussed in the context of early screening for autism.

Key words

Autism Infants Screening 


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© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Olof Dahlgren
    • 1
  • Christopher Gillberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University of GöteborgGöteborgSweden

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