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Asperger's syndrome: Diagnosis, interpretation and impact  

This is an individual National Research Service Award for pre-doctoral research training, which provides support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in a scientific health-related field. Asperger's syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by impairment in social interaction and restricted, repetitive interests. But is this "social disorder" best thought of as a disease of the individual brain, or as a state of ongoing interpersonal mismatch with others? The experiences of this growing population in "real life" educational and community settings requires further study from a lifespan perspective. As this cohort of individuals moves into adolescence and adulthood, it becomes increasingly important to understand their understanding of the diagnosis in order to design methods of service provision that will continue to be relevant and effective. In this study, the fellow will use a mixed-method, comparative study of clinical and educational programs for adolescents with AS. In particular, the project responds to concerns raised by an increasingly vocal group of adult autistic self-advocates, claiming that defining autism as brain-based biomedical pathology rather than an inherent aspect of identity represents a stigmatizing and demoralizing misconception about the nature of these disorders. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $34,360.00
Project Number 5F31MH082551-02
Principal Investigator Nickrenz, Elizabeth
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (i.e., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Chicago
State/Country Illinois
Web Link 1 Asperger's syndrome: Diagnosis, interpretation and impact (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Asperger's syndrome: Diagnosis, interpretation and impact | $34,154.00 | 2008 | F31MH082551-01A1