Modern Views of Autism

  title={Modern Views of Autism},
  author={E. Fombonne},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={503 - 505}
  • E. Fombonne
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
  • In a seminal paper describing the first 11 cases of autism, Kanner pointed to the innate disturbance of affective contact occurring in the infancy of these children and to unusual personality traits in their parents (1). These observations could have indicated genetic mechanisms underlying the syndrome; however, the predominance of psychoanalytical theories and the particular focus on maternal deprivation in post–World War II child psychiatry led to misconceptions of autism as an infant’s… CONTINUE READING
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