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ERIC Number: EJ1038308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Empathy and Empathy Induced Prosocial Behavior in 6- and 7-Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Deschamps, Peter K. H.; Been, Marieke; Matthys, Walter
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n7 p1749-1758 Jul 2014
The present study aimed to assess empathy and prosocial behavior in 6-7 year old children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Results showed, first, lower levels of parent- and teacher-rated cognitive empathy, and similar levels of affective empathy in children with ASD compared to typically developing (TD) children. Second, emotion recognition for basic emotions, one aspect of cognitive empathy, in a story task was adequate in ASD children, but ASD children with severe impairments in social responsiveness had difficulties in recognizing fear. Third, prosocial behavior in response to signals of distress of a peer in a computer task was similar in ASD as in TD children. In conclusion, early elementary school children with ASD show specific impairments in cognitive empathy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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