ERIC Number: EJ831600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Delayed Self-Recognition in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lind, Sophie E.; Bowler, Dermot M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n4 p643-650 Apr 2009
This study aimed to investigate temporally extended self-awareness (awareness of one's place in and continued existence through time) in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), using the delayed self-recognition (DSR) paradigm (Povinelli et al., Child Development 67:1540-1554, 1996). Relative to age and verbal ability matched comparison children, children with ASD showed unattenuated performance on the DSR task, despite showing significant impairments in theory-of-mind task performance, and a reduced propensity to use personal pronouns to refer to themselves. The results may indicate intact temporally extended self-awareness in ASD. However, it may be that the DSR task is not an unambiguous measure of temporally extended self-awareness and it can be passed through strategies which do not require the possession of a temporally extended self-concept.
Descriptors: Autism, Verbal Ability, Child Development, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Self Concept, Developmental Delays, Cognitive Processes, Evaluation Methods, Time
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