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Double Empathy

Milton, Damian and Heasman, Brett and Sheppard, Elizabeth (2018) Double Empathy. In: Volkmar, F., ed. Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer. E-ISBN 978-1-4614-6435-8. (doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102273-1) (KAR id:67069)

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The double empathy problem (DEP) refers to a “disjuncture in reciprocity between two differently disposed social actors” who hold different norms and expectations of each other, such as is common in autistic to non-autistic social interactions (Milton 2012: 884). With different dispositional outlooks and personal conceptual understandings, interactions involving autistic and non-autistic people are susceptible to frequent misunderstandings. It is a “double problem” as both people experience it, and so it is not a singular problem located in any one person. However “the disjuncture may be more severe for the non-autistic disposition as it is experienced as unusual, while for the ‘autistic person’ it is a common experience.” (Milton 2012: 885).

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102273-1
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Double Empathy Problem, Intersubjectivity, Metaperception
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 09:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:54 UTC
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