Premature Popularization of Asperger Syndrome

  • Eric Schopler
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


Asperger (1944) described a disorder showing amazing overlap with autism first introduced by Kanner (1943) during the same time period. Since then, some clinicians and researchers have emphasized what they considered important differences between the two sets of descriptions, whereas others believed that Asperger syndrome (AS) was the same as Kanner’s autism when confined to children with high-functioning autism (HFA). Yet, paradoxically, AS appears in the title of an ever-increasing number of professional publications, including this volume, and AS is increasingly being used as a clinical designation, thus adding to the unresolved confusion.


Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Confusion Childhood Schizophrenia Asperger Disorder Schizoid Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Schopler
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  1. 1.Division TEACCH, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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