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ERIC Number: EJ1115290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Empathic Responsiveness of High Functioning Children with Autism to Expressed and Anticipated Distress
Newbigin, Amanda; Uljarevic, Mirko; Vivanti, Giacomo; Dissanayake, Cheryl
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n10 p3338-3343 Oct 2016
The majority of studies that have investigated empathic responsiveness of individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have used heterogeneous groups in terms of age, cognitive level and gender which significantly impact the results. Our aim in this study was to explore responsiveness of a more homogenous sample of 21 children with ASD and 17 typically developing controls, aged 8-12 years to both overt (or expressed) and anticipated distress. In the anticipated distress task, groups were not differentiated in their response towards the experimenter who had her drawing torn. In the expressed distress task, groups were again similar in expressing concern and acting prosocially towards an experimenter who pretended to lose her watch. The theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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