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Psychopathology. 1999 Nov-Dec;32(6):292-300.

Study of the onset of autism through home movies.

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IRCCS Stella Maris, University of Pisa, Italy.


The authors describe the natural history and the beginning of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) by the observation of home movies. The sample is composed of 26 children aged 18 months to 5 or 6 years at the first consultation. The methodology used in the observation of home movies includes: (1) application of the ERC-A-III scale for recognizing the precocious symptoms of autism; (2) analysis of the coming out and coming off of social, emotional and cognitive competences. The authors, starting from the analysis of these data, describe three kinds of onset and courses of PDD: progressive, regressive and fluctuating. The authors present some conclusive considerations on the different age of PDD onset in home movies, in anamnestic reconstruction and in recall for diagnosis.

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