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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 8/2012

01-08-2012 | Original Paper

Empathic Responding in Toddlers at Risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Auteurs: Nicole M. McDonald, Daniel S. Messinger

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 8/2012

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Abstract

Empathy deficits represent an important social impairment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but little is known about the early development of empathy prior to diagnosis. This study examined empathic responding to parental distress in toddlers at risk for an ASD. Children later diagnosed with an ASD engaged in less empathic responding at 24 and 30 months than children with no later diagnosis. Lower empathic responding was associated with higher autism symptomatology at 30 months. This is the first study to examine empathy deficits in response to parental distress in toddlers prior to ASD diagnosis. Early empathic responding may represent a unique developing social skill that indexes the overall severity of later ASD symptomatology in at-risk children.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Empathic Responding in Toddlers at Risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Auteurs
Nicole M. McDonald
Daniel S. Messinger
Publicatiedatum
01-08-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 8/2012
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1390-y

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