Autism and the double empathy problem: Implications for development and mental health.

  title={Autism and the double empathy problem: Implications for development and mental health.},
  author={Peter Mitchell and Elizabeth Sheppard and Sarah A Cassidy},
  journal={The British journal of developmental psychology},
This article proposes a link between autistic people being misperceived by the neurotypical majority and their being at risk of poor mental health and well-being. We present a transactional account of development in which the misperceptions (and consequent behaviour) of the neurotypical majority influences the perceptions and behaviour of autistic people such that they become increasingly separate and indeed isolated from mainstream society. This jeopardizes their mental health and prevents… 

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