Does Autism Affect Children’s Identification of Ownership and Defence of Ownership Rights?

Date

2021-01-25

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Springer

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This study investigated how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts children’s ability to identify ownership from linguistic cues (proper nouns vs. possessive pronouns) and their awareness of ownership rights. In comparison to typically developing (TD) children matched on receptive language (M age equivalents: 53–56 months), children with ASD were less accurate at tracking owner-object relationships based on possessive pronouns and were less accurate at identifying the property of third parties. We also found that children with ASD were less likely to defend their own and others’ ownership rights. We hypothesise that these results may be attributed to differences in representing the self and propose that ASD may be characterised by reduced concern for ownership and associated concepts.

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open access article

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Ownership Identification, Ownership Rights, Pronouns, Typical Development

Citation

Hartley, C., Harrison, N. and Shaw, J.J. (2021) Does Autism Affect Children’s Identification of Ownership and Defence of Ownership Rights?. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders,

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Research Institute

Institute for Psychological Science