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Agent familiarity and emotional context influence the everyday empathic responding of young children with autism

Hudry, Kristelle and Slaughter, Virginia (2009) Agent familiarity and emotional context influence the everyday empathic responding of young children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3. pp. 74-85. ISSN 1750-9467

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Abstract

Whereas research addressing empathy in ASD tends to employ pencil-and-paper and lab-based behavioural methods, the current study is novel in eliciting parent-report data regarding everyday empathy, sampling various emotional situations regularly encountered by children. Parents of typically-developing children and children diagnosed with ASD and DS completed the newly-developed Day-to-Day Child Empathy Questionnaire. Analysis of descriptions of their children’s responses to the various empathy-inducing situations supports the notion of an empathy deficit in ASD, confirming previous laboratory-based findings. However, important moderation effects were also demonstrated, for both control and clinical groups. In particular, parents reported children in all groups to be more likely to respond empathically to a familiar agent. The nature of children’s responses also according to the specific emotional context.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Child development, Children (not specific age group), autism, children, empathy, emotion, parent-report, moderators, familiarity
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 09:26
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:03
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/1223
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