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J Autism Dev Disord. 2010 Sep;40(9):1146-8. doi: 10.1007/s10803-010-0969-z.

Should the DSM V drop Asperger syndrome?

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  • University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0277, USA. mghaziud@umich.edu

Abstract

The DSM IV defines Asperger syndrome (AS) as a pervasive developmental (autistic spectrum) disorder characterized by social deficits and rigid focused interests in the absence of language impairment and cognitive delay. Since its inclusion in the DSM-IV, there has been a dramatic increase in its recognition both in children and adults. However, because studies have generally failed to demonstrate a clear distinction between AS and autism, some researchers have called for its elimination from the forthcoming DSM V. This report argues for a modification of its diagnostic criteria and its continued retention in the diagnostic manual.

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