A Unifying Theory for Autism: The Pathogenetic Triad as a Theoretical Framework

  title={A Unifying Theory for Autism: The Pathogenetic Triad as a Theoretical Framework},
  author={Darko Sarovic},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychiatry},
  • Darko Sarovic
  • Published 16 November 2021
  • Psychology
  • Frontiers in Psychiatry
This paper presents a unifying theory for autism by applying the framework of a pathogenetic triad to the scientific literature. It proposes a deconstruction of autism into three contributing features (an autistic personality dimension, cognitive compensation, and neuropathological risk factors), and delineates how they interact to cause a maladaptive behavioral phenotype that may require a clinical diagnosis. The autistic personality represents a common core condition, which induces a set of… 

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