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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 5/2012

01-05-2012 | Original Paper

Asperger Through the Looking Glass: An Exploratory Study of Self-Understanding in People with Asperger’s Syndrome

Auteurs: Paul Jackson, Paul Skirrow, Dougal Julian Hare

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 5/2012

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Abstract

Hobson (Autism and the development of mind. Lawrence Erlbaum, Hove, UK 1993) has proposed that the cognitive and linguistic disabilities that characterise autism result from abnormalities in inter-subjective engagement during infancy, which in turn results in impaired reflective self-awareness. The aim of the present study was to test Hobson’s hypothesis by examining self-understanding in Asperger’s syndrome (AS) using Damon and Hart’s (Self-understanding in childhood and adolescence. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988) model of self-concept. Ten participants with Asperger’s syndrome were compared with ten non AS controls using the Self-understanding Interview (Damon and Hart in Self-understanding in Childhood and Adolescence. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988). The study found that the Asperger’s group demonstrated impairment in the “self-as-object” and “self-as-subject” domains of the Self-understanding Interview, which supported Hobson’s concept of an impaired capacity for self-awareness and self-reflection in people with ASD. The results are discussed with reference to previous research regarding the development of self-understanding in people with ASD.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Asperger Through the Looking Glass: An Exploratory Study of Self-Understanding in People with Asperger’s Syndrome
Auteurs
Paul Jackson
Paul Skirrow
Dougal Julian Hare
Publicatiedatum
01-05-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 5/2012
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1296-8