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Perspective-taking is two-sided: misunderstandings between people with Asperger’s syndrome and their family members

Heasman, Brett and Gillespie, Alex (2017) Perspective-taking is two-sided: misunderstandings between people with Asperger’s syndrome and their family members. Autism. ISSN 1362-3613

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1362361317708287

Abstract

Misunderstandings are social in nature, always having two sides. Yet the misunderstandings experienced by people with Asperger’s syndrome are usually studied in terms of the individual with a diagnosis, with less emphasis on social relations. We use a two-sided methodology to map out misunderstandings within 22 dyads (n = 44) consisting of people with Asperger’s syndrome and their family members. Both sides of the relationship were asked about 12 topics in terms of one’s rating of Self, one’s rating of Other and one’s predicted rating by Other. The findings show that people with Asperger’s are able to predict lower scores from family members, despite disagreeing with their view, and that family members often over-estimate the extent to which their relatives with Asperger’s syndrome are egocentrically anchored in their own perspective. The research demonstrates that a two-sided methodology is viable, and it uses it to identify how representations of Asperger’s syndrome can both support and hinder social understanding within relationships affected by Asperger’s.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/aut
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC-BY 4.0
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 11:34
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 12:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83403

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