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J Autism Dev Disord. 1992 Dec;22(4):525-49.

Pervasive developmental disorders: from DSM-III to DSM-III-R.

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  • 1Trenton State College, New Jersey 08650-4700.


The present paper provides a brief history of the development of the DSM-III-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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