Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 29, Issue 1–2, pp 25–37 | Cite as

Marriage and Family Therapists’ Ability to Diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome: A Vignette Study

  • Thomas Stone Carlson
  • Christi R. McGeorge
  • Sarah Halvorson
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to determine the degree to which AAMFT clinical members can accurately diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome. 171 AAMFT clinical members were surveyed using a vignette methodology. Participants were asked to read the vignette and provide a diagnosis for the child in the vignette. Four out of five participants were unable to correctly diagnose the vignette child with Asperger’s Syndrome. Analyses found that the ability to correctly diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome did not vary based on the participants: gender, years of clinical experience, or specialized clinical population (e.g., individuals, couples, families, children).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Stone Carlson
    • 1
  • Christi R. McGeorge
    • 1
  • Sarah Halvorson
    • 1
  1. 1.CDFS Department North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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