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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 7/2014

01-07-2014 | Original Paper

Empathy and Empathy Induced Prosocial Behavior in 6- and 7-Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Auteurs: Peter K. H. Deschamps, Marieke Been, Walter Matthys

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 7/2014

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Abstract

The present study aimed to assess empathy and prosocial behavior in 6–7 year old children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Results showed, first, lower levels of parent- and teacher-rated cognitive empathy, and similar levels of affective empathy in children with ASD compared to typically developing (TD) children. Second, emotion recognition for basic emotions, one aspect of cognitive empathy, in a story task was adequate in ASD children, but ASD children with severe impairments in social responsiveness had difficulties in recognizing fear. Third, prosocial behavior in response to signals of distress of a peer in a computer task was similar in ASD as in TD children. In conclusion, early elementary school children with ASD show specific impairments in cognitive empathy.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Empathy and Empathy Induced Prosocial Behavior in 6- and 7-Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Auteurs
Peter K. H. Deschamps
Marieke Been
Walter Matthys
Publicatiedatum
01-07-2014
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 7/2014
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-014-2048-3