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Trajectories of emotional and behavioral problems from childhood to early adult life. / Stringer, Dominic; Kent, Rachel; Briskman, Jackie; Lukito, Steve; Charman, Tony; Baird, Gillian; Lord, Catherine; Pickles, Andrew; Simonoff, Emily.

In: Autism, Vol. 24, No. 4, 01.01.2020, p. 1011-1024.

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Stringer, D, Kent, R, Briskman, J, Lukito, S, Charman, T, Baird, G, Lord, C, Pickles, A & Simonoff, E 2020, 'Trajectories of emotional and behavioral problems from childhood to early adult life', Autism, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 1011-1024. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320908972

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Stringer, D., Kent, R., Briskman, J., Lukito, S., Charman, T., Baird, G., ... Simonoff, E. (Accepted/In press). Trajectories of emotional and behavioral problems from childhood to early adult life. Autism, 24(4), 1011-1024. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320908972

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Stringer D, Kent R, Briskman J, Lukito S, Charman T, Baird G et al. Trajectories of emotional and behavioral problems from childhood to early adult life. Autism. 2020 Jan 1;24(4):1011-1024. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320908972

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Stringer, Dominic ; Kent, Rachel ; Briskman, Jackie ; Lukito, Steve ; Charman, Tony ; Baird, Gillian ; Lord, Catherine ; Pickles, Andrew ; Simonoff, Emily. / Trajectories of emotional and behavioral problems from childhood to early adult life. In: Autism. 2020 ; Vol. 24, No. 4. pp. 1011-1024.

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