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A Survey of Knowledge about Autism Among Experts and Caregivers

James E. Gilliam and Maggie Coleman
Behavioral Disorders
Vol. 7, No. 3 (May 1982), pp. 189-196
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23881763
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Abstract

Research on autism has historically been plagued by use of inconsistent criteria in defining autistic populations and has consequently often yielded conflicting or ambiguous results. However, a number of developments over the past fifteen years, including the establishment of a consensual definition, has fostered a more comprehensive and conclusive body of literature. The purpose of this study was to compare information accrued from the most recent research to the knowledge and beliefs of a sample of caregivers. Results of the survey indicate that three areas emerge for further in-service training of caregivers: (a) incidence and sex ratio, (b) etiology, and (c) attitudes toward public education of autistic children. Implications for in-service training are discussed.

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