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J Soc Work Disabil Rehabil. 2014;13(3):247-60. doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2014.912186.

Concerns about identity and services among people with autism and Asperger's regarding DSM-5 changes.

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a Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work , University of Hawaii at Manoa , Honolulu , Hawaii , USA.

Abstract

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed. [DSM-5]; American Psychiatric Association, 2012 ) now includes a new autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD) with previous separate diagnoses of autism removed. This study explores the concerns of people with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and autistic disorder (AD). Discussion forum data of people with AS and AD (N = 76) were analyzed using phenomenological, inductive-content analysis to gather qualitative data about the concerns of people with AS and AD regarding the changes in the DSM-5. People with AS and AD were concerned about identity, community, the cure movement, and services. They also discussed using advocacy and solidarity to address their concerns.

KEYWORDS:

Asperger's; DSM–5; advocacy; autism; autism spectrum disorders; identity; services; solidarity

PMID:
24816184
DOI:
10.1080/1536710X.2014.912186
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