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Social relationship difficulties in autism and reactive attachment disorder: Improving diagnostic validity through structured assessment.

Journal article
Authors Claire Davidson
Anne O'Hare
Fiona Mactaggart
Jonathan Green
David Young
Christopher Gillberg
Helen Minnis
Published in Research in developmental disabilities
Volume 40
Pages 63-72
ISSN 1873-3379
Publication year 2015
Published at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 63-72
Language en
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) versus Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a common diagnostic challenge for clinicians due to overlapping difficulties with social relationships. RAD is associated with neglect or maltreatment whereas ASD is not: accurate differential diagnosis is therefore critical. Very little research has investigated the relationship between the two, and it is unknown if standardised measures are able to discriminate between ASD and RAD. The current study aimed to address these issues.

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