Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 525–549

Pervasive developmental disorders: From DSM-III to DSM-III-R

  • Lynn Waterhouse
  • Lorna Wing
  • Robert Spitzer
  • Bryna Siegel

DOI: 10.1007/BF01046326

Cite this article as:
Waterhouse, L., Wing, L., Spitzer, R. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (1992) 22: 525. doi:10.1007/BF01046326


The present paper provides a brief history of the development of the DSM-II-R (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1987) section on Pervasive Developmental Disorders. It describes the process by which the contents of the text and criteria for Autistic Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified were decided and gives the reasons for the changes from DSM-III (APA, 1980) categories and criteria. The paper concludes with a short discussion of critical diagnostic issues.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Waterhouse
    • 1
  • Lorna Wing
    • 2
  • Robert Spitzer
    • 3
  • Bryna Siegel
    • 4
  1. 1.Child Behavior StudyTrenton State CollegeTrentonUSA
  2. 2.Medical Research CouncilLondon
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaSan Francisco

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