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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 12, pp 2914–2942 | Cite as

Asperger’s Disorder will be Back

  • Luke Y. TsaiEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

This review focuses on identifying up-to-date number of publications that compared DSM-IV/ICD-10 Asperger’s disorder (AspD) to Autistic Disorder/High-functioning Autism (AD/HFA). One hundred and twenty-eight publications were identified through an extensive search of major electronic databases and journals. Based on more than 90 clinical variables been investigated, 94 publications concluded that there were statistically significant or near significant level of quantitative and/or qualitative differences between AspD and AD/HFA groups; 4 publications found both similarities and differences between the two groups; 30 publications concluded with no differences between the two groups. Although DSM-5 ASD will eliminate Asperger’s disorder. However, it is plausible to predict that the field of ASD would run full circle during the next decade or two and that AspD will be back in the next edition of DSM.

Keywords

Autistic disorder Asperger’s disorder Pervasive developmental disorder Autism spectrum disorder DSM-5 

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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA

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