Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 483–492 | Cite as

Three diagnostic systems for autism: DSM-III, DSM-III-R, and ICD-10

  • Fred R. Volkmar
  • Domenic V. Cicchetti
  • Joel Bregman
  • Donald J. Cohen

Abstract

ICD-10 draft research criteria for childhood autism were applied to a previously published data set comparing DSM-III and DSM-III-R to clinicians' diagnoses of autism. The ICD-10 approach paralleled clinicians' patterns of diagnosis and, to a lesser extent, the DSM-III system. Relative to either clinicians, DSM-III, or ICD-10 the DSM-III-R system overdiagnosed the presence of autism. Implications for research and for future revision of diagnostic criteria are discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred R. Volkmar
    • 1
  • Domenic V. Cicchetti
    • 1
  • Joel Bregman
    • 1
  • Donald J. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Study CenterYale University and Veterans Administration Medical CenterWest HavenUSA
  2. 2.Child Study CenterNew Haven

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