The purpose of the present study was to investigate counseling students' ability to diagnose Asperger's Syndrome using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders-Four-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). The purpose was also to determine if program, year in program, gender, experience working with children, knowledge of the DSM and childhood disorders would have an affect on making an accurate diagnosis. The study was conducted with 73 graduate students who voluntarily participated in the study. Results indicated that school counselors and marriage and family therapists did not have difficulty diagnosing the child. However, there was a significant difference between students in their first year when compared to students in their second or third year of the program. First year students had a lower rate of accuracy in diagnosing. Demographic factors did not have a relationship with ability to diagnosis. The results indicated more research related to this topic should be conducted. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, School counseling, Counseling Psychology|
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