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Project Title

Project Title

Asperger's syndrome: Diagnosis, interpretation and impact

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Nickrenz, Elizabeth

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

34360

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

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.

Project Link

Project Link

Asperger's syndrome: Diagnosis, interpretation and impact (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Chicago

State/Country

State/Country

Illinois

Project Number

Project Number

5F31MH082551-02

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Asperger's syndrome: Diagnosis, interpretation and impact | 34154 | 2008 | F31MH082551-01A1

 
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