Understanding or Feeling: Exploring Different Types of Empathy in Boys with Autism and Conduct Disorder

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dc.contributor.advisor Cunningham, Joseph
dc.contributor.author Barber, Shelley
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-29T15:10:37Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-29T15:10:37Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/25132
dc.description.abstract Problems with empathy have been suggested to be one source of social difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorders and children with conduct disorder. Empathy has been proposed to be made up of cognitive and emotional components. This proposal investigates cognitive and emotional empathy deficits and their differing manifestations in children with autism spectrum disorder and children with conduct disorder. Sixty boys with autism, 60 boys with conduct disorder and callous-unemotional traits, 60 boys with only conduct disorder, and 60 controls will be compared. Using a median split based on age, the participants will also be sorted by age, being placed into either a younger age group or an older group. Four tasks will be used to measure emotion recognition skills, perspective taking, emotional arousal, and emotional contagion. A 4 (group) X 2 (age) MANOVA will be used to analyze the results. Boys with callous-unemotional traits are expected to display emotion-specific cognitive empathy deficits, as well as deficits in self-reported and physiologically measured levels of emotional empathy. Boys with autism are expected to display global cognitive empathy deficits. Boys with autism and boys with only conduct disorder are expected to show lower levels of self-reported emotional empathy but display typical physiological emotional empathy responses.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Shelley M. Barber 2013
dc.subject autism
dc.subject psychopathy
dc.subject callous-unemotional traits
dc.subject cognitive empathy
dc.subject emotional empathy
dc.subject children
dc.subject adolescents
dc.title Understanding or Feeling: Exploring Different Types of Empathy in Boys with Autism and Conduct Disorder
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Psychology
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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