Social attribution processes and comorbid psychiatric symptoms in children with Asperger syndrome

Jessica A. Meyer, Peter Clive Mundy, Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, Jennifer Stella Durocher

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The factors that place children with Asperger syndrome at risk for comorbid psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, remain poorly understood. We investigated the possibility that the children's emotional and behavioral difficulties are associated with social information and attribution processing. Participants were children with either Asperger syndrome (n = 31) or typical development (n = 33).To assess social information and attribution processing, children responded to hypothetical social vignettes.They also completed self-report measures of social difficulties and psychological functioning. Their parents provided information on social competence and clinical presentation. Children with Asperger syndrome showed poor psychosocial adjustment, which was related to their social information and attribution processing patterns. Cognitive and social-cognitive abilities were associated with aspects of social information processing tendencies, but not with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Results suggest that the comorbid symptoms of children with Asperger syndrome may be associated with their social perception, understanding, and experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-402
Number of pages20
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Asperger syndrome
  • Comorbid symptoms
  • Social information processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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