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Double Empathy: Why Autistic People Are Often Misunderstood

Crompton, Catherine J., DeBrabander, Kilee, Heasman, Brett, Milton, Damian, Sasson, Noah J. (2021) Double Empathy: Why Autistic People Are Often Misunderstood. Frontiers for Young Minds, 9 . Article Number 554875. ISSN 2296-6846. (doi:10.3389/frym.2021.554875) (KAR id:88088)


Autism affects how someone makes sense of the world around them. About 1–2% of people are autistic. You might have an autistic classmate or family member, or maybe you are autistic. Autistic people might communicate differently than people who are not autistic. This means that it can be difficult for other people to understand what autistic people are trying to say or what they mean. We tend to think that people who are not autistic might be more successful at understanding other people, but in fact, autistic people may be better understood by other autistic people. We will examine and explain some research that has explored how autistic and non-autistic people communicate with each other and explore how this research fits with a theory called the double empathy problem. Understanding what makes interaction comfortable and easy for different people can help us all understand each other better.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3389/frym.2021.554875
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
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: 13 May 2021 15:13 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2023 10:27 UTC
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