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ERIC Number: EJ1065199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Understanding of Intentions, Desires and Beliefs in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Broekhof, Evelien; Ketelaar, Lizet; Stockmann, Lex; van Zijp, Annette; Bos, Marieke G. N.; Rieffe, Carolien
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n7 p2035-2045 Jul 2015
This study provides a comprehensive picture of three core elements (Intentions, Desires, Beliefs) of Theory of Mind (ToM) in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD, n = 63, "M"age = 55 months) and typically developing children (TD, n = 69, "M"age = 54 months). Outcomes showed that ASD and TD children understood intentional actions equally well. Yet, children with ASD lacked the social interest to share intentions. Additionally, children with ASD had more difficulties in understanding others' desires and beliefs compared to their TD peers. It is discussed whether the ToM delay seen in children with ASD is a motivational or a conceptual problem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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