Communicative depth. Soundings from developmental psychopathology

Hobson, R Peter (2007) Communicative depth. Soundings from developmental psychopathology. Infant Behavior and Development, 30 (2). pp. 267-277. ISSN 0163-6383

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My aim in this paper is to consider what it means to engage and communicate with another person. I do so by adopting the approach of developmental psychopathology, and compare and contrast the structure of communication that is manifest by typically developing infants on the one hand, and by children and adolescents with autism on the other. I highlight the pivotal significance of human beings’ propensity to share or otherwise co-ordinate experiences with others, and analyze the conditions that make sharing and other forms of intersubjective relatedness possible. Often, discussions that oppose cognitive, affective, and motivational accounts of autism are pursued in an inappropriate frame of reference: at root, we need to understand the nature and developmental implications of affected children's difficulties in achieving communicative depth. In the pursuit of such understanding, we may gain insights into typically developing infants’ capacities for intersubjective engagement. Article Outline 1. The uniqueness of human infancy 2. Developmental psychopathology and the case of autism 2.1. Person-centred engagement in primary and secondary intersubjectivity 2.2. Identification in communication 2.3. Person-centred feelings 2.4. Back to sharing 3. How does the evidence from autism bear upon typical development in infancy? Acknowledgements References

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article Outline 1. The uniqueness of human infancy 2. Developmental psychopathology and the case of autism 2.1. Person-centred engagement in primary and secondary intersubjectivity 2.2. Identification in communication 2.3. Person-centred feelings 2.4. Back to sharing 3. How does the evidence from autism bear upon typical development in infancy? Acknowledgements References
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, Identification, Intersubjectivity, Communication, Imitation
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Communication
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Special Units
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 17 May 2010 08:23
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2011 15:56
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/104

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