Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;50(1-2):108-15. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.02010.x.

Autism and autism spectrum disorders: diagnostic issues for the coming decade.

Author information

  • 1Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-7900, USA.


A decade and a half have elapsed since DSM-IV and ICD-10 appeared. During this time the convergent definitions of autism and related disorders in these two diagnostic systems have stimulated tremendous research. In this brief review we summarize areas of progress and continuing controversy, including approaches to diagnosis in more cognitively able individuals on the autism spectrum, diagnosis in very young infants, the issue of subtypes, and the potential contribution of genetic research. The use of dimensional assessments has some advantages as do the insights from prospective studies. At this point it will be important to study not only causative factors but developmental processes disrupted in these disorders.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley
    Loading ...
    Support Center