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Table 3 Knowledge of the physicians about ASD symptoms (N = 383)*

From: Construct validity for the self-reported competency and sub-construct associated characteristics of Romanian physicians in autism spectrum disorder

Symptoms Number and Percent of physicians
Necessary
n (%)
Not Necessary but Helpful
n (%)
Not Helpful
n (%)
Don’t Know
n (%)
Impaired social interaction a 332 (88.3) 27(7.2) 3 (0.8) 14 (3.7)
Impaired communication b 320 (87.0) 45 (12.2) 3 (0.8) 0 (0.0)
Visual hallucinations c 13 (3.5) 85 (22.7) 197 (52.5) 80 (21.3)
Restricted and repetitive behavior c 247 (65.9) 80 (21.3) 12 (3.2) 36 (9.6)
Lack of eye contact a 275 (73.1) 54 (14.4) 13 (3.5) 34 (9.0)
Confirmed schizophrenia c 10 (2.7) 68 (18.1) 194 (51.7) 103 (27.5)
Hearing voices d 15 (4.0) 84 (22.5) 188 (50.4) 86 (23.1)
Language disturbances a 229 (60.9) 111 (29.5) 15 (4.0) 21 (5.6)
Hypersensitivities to certain environments a 172 (45.7) 113 (30.1) 23 (6.1) 68 (18.1)
Depression e 36 (9.6) 117 (31.3) 99 (26.5) 122 (32.6)
Anxiety c 87 (23.2) 132 (35.2) 59 (15.7) 97 (25.9)
  1. *Participants were asked “in diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the following symptoms are …”; a Data are missing for 7; b Data are missing for 15b Data are missing for 15
  2. c Data are missing for 8 physicians; d Data are missing for 10; e Data are missing for 9